The North London derby features two of the most exciting attacking teams in the Premier League this season, Unai Emery’s Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham. Emery’s side are undefeated in 17 games across all competitions whilst the Spurs shocked the football world last week with a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley.
|MATCH/TIME (AEST)||FOOTBALL BEST BETS|
|ARSENAL v TOTTENHAMEMIRATES STADIUM|
MON 3 DEC 0105AM
|Both teams to score – Yes ($1.46)Draw ($3.50)|
What the Gunners need to do to win this game:
- Deal with the high press
- Lacazette needs to play
The Gunners have already secured qualification in the Europa League so whilst they have midweek football, they will rest the players important to their success in this match. Reports also suggest that Alexandre Lacazette has returned to training following a minor groin injury and he forms that crucial combination with Aubameyang up front.
The Wolf expects the total goals to be under 3.5. If we go back all the way to 2013, 12 of 13 of the matches played between these two sides have had 3 or less goals scored.
What the the Spurs need to do to win this game:
- Pochettino needs to outsmart Emery
As we have seen from Pochettino’s time with the Spurs he has his players working within a system that gives them the freedom to adapt to how the game evolves. This is similar to Arsene Wenger’s management style at Arsenal.
With that in mind Tottenham used a particularly effective high press against Chelsea that significantly reduced the impact of Jorginho and allowed players like Dele Alli to get into attacking positions quickly on the counter. It would be arrogant of the Wolf to anticipate Pochettino’s tactics against the Gunners but one of the keys for them to win this match is for Pochettino to put on another tactical masterclass.
WHAT TO EXPECT
How do punters assess the Spurs win against the previously undefeated Chelsea last weekend? Well for one thing it wasn’t anything new with Tottenham defeating the Blues in four of the last five seasons. The Wolf thinks it was a brilliant win but also that punters should temper their excitement with the fact that Chelsea looked lethargic. The Spurs aren’t about to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Both sides are coming off midweek football action with Tottenham defeating Inter Milan 1-0 and Arsenal playing against Ukrainian side Vorskla in the Europa League. The Gunners have the shorter break and the Spurs are in red hot form although the Wolf thinks that this might be a stalemate.
For punters who hate tipping the draw we would go with Arsenal at home.
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