Sunday 1 September: 4.30pm KO
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Both of these teams were unbeaten going into the last set of Premier League fixtures. Neither of them ended the weekend still waiting to taste their first league loss. Arsenal, perhaps predictably lost at Anfield. Not so expected was Tottenham losing at home to Newcastle the following day. Now the two clubs meet in the first North London derby of the season. Both will want to get back into winning ways and gain an advantage on their neighbours.
Arsenal begin a new month after making a steady start to the new Premier League season in August. They may not be unbeaten but the Gunners start the weekend in third place. That’s a position they’d love to be in at the end of the season. The odds on them achieving a top four finish this season are 1/1 (2.0) at BetVictor.
Another reason for Arsenal to be pleased is the fact they are two points clear of Tottenham. Winning this game and opening up a five-point gap on their North London rivals is important, even if it is only after five games. You can get odds of 7/5 (2.4) on Arsenal winning this match on Sunday.
It’s only their second home league game of the season. Their first was a 2-1 victory over Burnley that wasn’t as easy as they thought it might be. Their other two games have both been played away from home. A 1-0 win at Newcastle to open the season was followed by a 3-1 loss at Anfield.
Arsenal’s home form is going to be important as ever. They haven’t quite turned the Emirates into a fortress but away wins are rare. Only two of their last 25 home league games have been lost, one against Manchester City. Last season saw them earn ten points at home against the other five clubs that finished in the top six. Trouble is away from home, Arsenal only managed two points. Keeping up the home results and improving away performances is their way back to the Champions League.
Tottenham have four points from their three league games played so far. Not the best of starts for them and already five points behind Liverpool. Yes it’s only the start of September but the fact is a win for the Reds against Burnley and defeat here for Tottenham will see an eight-point gap after just four matches. Tottenham are 2/1 (3.0) to beat Arsenal on Sunday and kick-start their season.
Spurs started the season with a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa. They had to come from behind to win that game. If you think that might happen in this game, the odds are 10/1 (11.0) if your wager is placed at Unibet. That opening win was followed by a creditable draw at Manchester City. Three points were fully expected when hosting Newcastle United last weekend, but it all went wrong for them with a 1-0 loss. Harry Kane again drew a blank, there are odds of 6/5 (2.2) at 888sport on him scoring his first goal since the opening weekend of the season.
Arsenal have only won one of their last four games against Tottenham. At the Emirates, they have gone eight games unbeaten in the Premier League against Spurs. Their last home league loss to them was in 2010 (Spurs did get an away win in the Carabao Cup last season). Of those eight league games, three have ended in draws. It’s 5/2 (3.5) at BoyleSports this game ends level.
Arsenal could give Nicholas Pepe his full home debut on Sunday. Alexandre Lacazette didn’t play at Anfield but may get a recall. Kyle Walker-Peters and Tanguy Ndombele are both injury doubts for Tottenham.
Arsenal would love a home win over Tottenham. Two successive defeats to top sides would dent Arsenal’s start to the season. The same applies to the visitors though who could see their title challenge in danger early on in the season. A home win with both teams scoring has odds of 14/5 (3.8) at Coral.