The big North London derby has taken on some extra importance for Spurs now. Their title challenge has crumbled away in the space of a week after having suffered back to back league defeats.
Arsenal meanwhile have started to put together a hot streak of form and they will arrive at Wembley on Saturday on a three-match winning streak. The odds on Arsenal To beat Tottenham are at 5/2* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm)
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm)
Gunner put on a fine show in midweek at the Emirates as they powered five goals past Bournemouth. That was their third win on the bounce in the top flight and they have taken a win in five of their last six played. The only blip on that sequence of form was a loss out at Manchester City.
The goals are flowing from the Gunners and they have scored at least two goals six of their last eight top-flight games. Each of their last seven league wins have seen Arsenal score at least two goals in. They have been a bit flaky on their travels though, but they collected a 2-1 win at Huddersfield in their last away game in the top flight. That snapped a run of just one point in their five previous games.
So maybe they have broken out of those away day slumps. It has been their defence which has let them down on their travels because their scoring has been just fine. They average just under two goals per away game this season and 85% of all their road games have gone over 2.5 goals. So while they have their frailties at the back, what has to come into play is their attacking power.
Their confident attacking display tore Spurs apart when the two met in the first North London derby this season. More of the same against a Tottenham side who have had their confidence rocked could see the Gunners drive home an advantage again over their rivals. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham & both teams to score is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm). The one doubt over Arsenal is that they have not won an away game against any side currently in the top ten in the league.
Their chance at the title was always slim with Liverpool and Manchester City going strongly, but Spurs had done so well to keep themselves in touch. That was until the last week of action. Last weekend Spurs paid a visit to Burnley and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat, which boss Mauricio Pochettino getting all fired up. That snapped a good four-match winning streak that they were in the league. But it seems as if it was a game which broke their momentum.
They went to Stamford Bridge in midweek and Spurs lost 2-0 against Chelsea in a really tame display. They never looked a threat at all in the game and couldn’t produce anything up front. The return of Harry Kane hasn’t quite worked out. Since he came back from injury that is back to back league defeats for them.
Their ability to perform against the better sides has been called into question as well. They have played three of the current top five at home this season and have lost each of those (Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd) plus they lost 4-2 at Arsenal earlier this season.
Neither of these really have done much against the other top sides in the division. But this is as good of a time as any for Arsenal to be catching Spurs. Tottenham looked tired and well out of touch at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Spurs will also have one eye on their Champions League game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham at 5/2 are not without appeal* (betting odds taken from bet365 on February 28th, 20198 at 7:03 pm).
A fierce London rivalry will kick up again on Wednesday night as Spurs make the trip to Stamford Bridge. This is a big game for both of the sides as Tottenham will be looking to recover after a shock defeat against Burnley last weekend.
Chelsea have to pick up the pieces as they try to keep themselves in the hunt for a top-four finish this season. With the difficulties the Blues have been having recently, the odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea are at 9/4* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
Spurs were on a four-match winning streak in the Premier League before their trip to Burnley on the weekend. Spurs kicked off as favourites for the fixture, but they were stunned in a 2-1 reverse. To be fair to the Lilywhites they were catching Burnley at the wrong time. The Clarets have been in fantastic form themselves lately as they have staved off the threat of relegation. But will Tottenham be able to muster up a response to that defeat?
This is going to be a test of their character and those dropped points were a missed chance to put some pressure on the top two over the weekend. Spurs are six points off leaders Liverpool as the midweek round of Premier League action kicks off again. There is little more margin for error for the Lilywhites from this point on.
That loss against Burnley was just Tottenham’s third away defeat of the season. They have won all of their other eleven road games this season, so they have once again proved to be a very strong road team. They were on a four-match winning streak on their travels before that trip to Turf Moor as well. So they have been fairly consistent and their goal scoring has been on point as well away from home.
Spurs have averaged 2.2 goals per road game this season and along the way, they have taken a clean sheet in 43% of their away fixtures. So their numbers really do stack up. Of the eleven wins away from home that they have recorded, six of them have been by a one-goal margin. The odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea by a one-goal margin in this meeting is at 15/4 odds* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm)
The game against Burnley on the weekend also saw the return of striker Harry Kane from injury. That is a massive boost for the Lilywhites as they thought that they would have lost him for a bit longer. Immediately he got into action and immediately Kane was back among the goals. He got Tottenham’s only goal in their loss at Turf Moor. The fact that he is back and scoring again though makes a tremendous difference to Tottenham.
Last season Tottenham snapped a long a long winless streak of form at Stamford Bridge which stretched to over twenty games. They finally managed to snap that exhausting record with a 3-1 win and that is the scoreline by which they beat Chelsea at home this season. It will be fascinating now to see if they can really start shifting the power their way in meetings at the Bridge.
Spurs did go there in this season’s EFL Cup and suffered a 2-1 loss in the second leg of their semi-final tie. But that was after beating Chelsea at home in the first leg so Spurs are W2 L1 in three against the Blues this season. When they hosted Chelsea in the league back at the end of November, Spurs were just phenomenal and barely gave the Blues a kick of the ball, in one of their best performances of the season.
The Blues have been having their problems. It remains to be seen whether keeper Kepa will play or not. He refused to be substituted in their EFL Cup Final loss against Manchester City on the weekend. While the Blues have held their own pretty well at home this season, they have lost three of their last four games, home and away combined. There have been defensive vulnerabilities from them.
Also in facing the better sides, they have to try and be conservative a bit because their defence has been vulnerable. That takes even more away from them as an attacking unit and their attack has not been a major threat recently. There has been a lot of possession and a lack of end product from the Blues. They lack the incisiveness that the slick, creative Tottenham manage to play within their games. Stamford Bridge will be under siege once again by the Lilywhites.
The odds on Tottenham to beat Chelsea do appear to be some value at 9/4* (betting odds taken from Bet365 on February 26th, 2019 at 3:53 pm). If you look at the bigger picture of Tottenham’s away from this season it has been good. They have gotten Harry Kane back in action and this is a good time to be meeting Chelsea, who have been having been showing a lot of fractures.
This should be some clash from the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham have played their way into a title challenge again but as they are still chasing the top two of Liverpool and Man City, they can’t afford any slip-ups.
Will they be able to earn themselves three points at home against Manchester United on the weekend? The Red Devils are on the up under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Man Utd 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.)
This should be a great match up and it is very important one for Tottenham. They start the weekend in third place in the league and six points behind leaders Liverpool. So even though they are in the title race and have good form, there appears at the moment to be little margin for error by them if they want to keep in touch. This is going to heap a bit of extra pressure on them to perform.
But they have been performing though without question. They collected a 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day to start the year on a positive note. Tottenham have earned six wins in their last seven league games and in that sequence of games they have taken four clean sheets. So overall things are going pretty well for them. Their only slip up in that run of seven games was a shock home loss against Wolves on December 29th last year.
But it is natural for a team, as good as they may be, to have a bad day at the office now and again. That’s to be expected but not planned for. Tottenham home form this season is W6 D3 from nine games and before that surprise defeat against Wolves, Spurs had been on a four-match winning streak at home in the top flight. The odds on Spurs to beat Manchester United are at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
Tottenham took a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford back at the end of August last season. It was a really dominant display from the Lilywhites and it was the prime example of what they are capable of. They showed their might and power when they hosted Chelsea back at the end of November. They totalled tore apart their London rivals in a big show of strength at Wembley putting three goals past the Blues.
Tottenham have scored at least two goals in seven of their last nine Premier League games. Will that kind of scoring threat be able to nudge them past the challenge of Manchester United who have been leaky at the back this season? Spurs have scored ten goals in their last four Premier League home fixtures and they have Harry Kane who is on a four-match scoring streak in the top flight.
Last season in this corresponding league fixture, Spurs ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Manchester United. That is a three-match home winning streak that they have going against the Red Devils at the moment. Two of the three wins in that sequence have been with a clean sheet for the Lilywhites as well.
Spurs are actually undefeated in their last six home games against Manchester United in the league (W4 D2). Tottenham have conceded just the one goal in their last four home games against Manchester United. That is a trend which they will be hoping to keep going as well as they look to keep themselves as close as possible as they can to the top two.
The Red Devils arguably have been having a better time of things since the managerial change. Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen four Premier League wins from four. But that all needs to be put into context. The first two were against Cardiff and Huddersfield, two of the bottom four currently. The next was against Bournemouth who are badly out of form.
Their most recent win on January 2nd was a 2-0 success at Newcastle, but they struggled to break down the Magpies and were largely second best for the fixture. It means that the four wins have all been against sides currently 12th or lower in the Premier League table. They will bring a scoring threat as they have averaged two goals per away game. But their victory at St James’ Park at the start of the new year snapped a run of no clean sheets in eight away games.
Tottenham look the stronger and the more settled of the two sides. It is hard to really get a feel for where Manchester United’s revival is at as they haven’t faced a serious test since Mourinho left. They were poor against Newcastle and with them having no form out at Spurs recently, it all points to some value in those odds on Tottenham to beat Manchester United at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
The first North London derby of the season will light up Sunday when the two old rivals meet at the Emirates. This derby encounter between Arsenal and Spurs brings about two sides carrying some great form with them at the moment. The Gunners have strung together a long unbeaten streak of form in the top flight and have every reason to be full of confidence.
But Spurs meanwhile will show up carrying the best away form of all sides in the top flight this term. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham are 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.). Can the Gunners be the first to inflict and away loss on the Lilywhites?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.)
The North London derby is always a great feature of the Premier League calendar and this meeting on the weekend could see Arsenal land a big statement. The Gunners go into the game three points behind Spurs, so a win would be quite significant for Arsenal. It would also be the culmination and big reward of a great run of form from them which has seen them go unbeaten in their last eleven league outings.
The other significant marker would be Arsenal would become only the second team this season to inflict an away defeat on Tottenham. So there is plenty of incentive for Unai Emery’s men to come out and push the boat in this one. They are W4 D2 L1 at home this season and recently held out for a 1-1 tie against Liverpool after putting in a fantastic second-half performance in the game. Arsenal would also be aiming to bake it back to back league home wins over their rivals.
Arsenal collected a 2-0 home win over Spurs last season and they are unwanted in their last seven Premier League home games in the North London derby. So the odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham at 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken from November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.) aren’t a bad proposition at all. Arsenal have put together a six-match scoring streak at home in the league and they have scored in each of their last twelve home and away combined.
Manchester City are the only side in the league to have scored more goals than Arsenal this season and with the scoring threats of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette then they are certainly capable of causing problems. It hasn’t all been about the attacking strengths that Arsenal have been developing under their new manager, they have conceded at an average of less than a goal per game at the Emirates as well. Interestingly despite their good form, they have yet to be leading at halftime in a home game.
Spurs were in good form away from home last season and they still went to the home of their rivals and suffered a defeat. The Lilywhites are W7 L1 in eight-way games this season and that is nothing to be sneezed at by any stretch of the imagination. Their one lone defeat happened out at Watford. But the interesting thing overall about their away from this season is that this will be their first test against anyone currently sat inside the top six. From their three home games against current top four sides, they are only W1 L2 this season.
So there are vulnerabilities there for them despite their massive haul of wins away from home this season. They are taking a four-match winning streak into the game as well (home and away combined) but each of their last four wins have been against sides currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table. So there is no evidence of just how well Tottenham are going to handle themselves in these big away games. Last season Spurs won just one of their away games against the other top six (at Chelsea)
We have to wait until Monday evening to get our betting teeth into the big Premier League clash of the weekend. Manchester City head south to take on Tottenham at Wembley with both sides carrying some strong form into the match. Still, it is the Citizens who are the favourites to take the three points on offer. The odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham are 3/4 with bet365* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
Manchester City 3/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
No-one has gotten the better of Manchester City this season and then they have been out on the road to two of the other top four sides already. They took a 2-0 win at Arsenal at the start of the season before playing out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in a cagey battle in their last away game. So based on those performances they should be a good value option to avoid defeat at the very least.
Can they go all the way and deliver the win to back up those odds of 3/4 on Manchester City to beat Tottenham?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). The Citizens have gone W2 D2 in their away games this season and they have only conceded the one goal on their travels. With a run of five straight clean sheets in the top flight, they are probably going to be very difficult for Spurs to break down.
Manchester City to win to nil is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). They have the scoring power of course and Pep Guardiola’s men have scored at least 2 goals in all but one of their last six league games in the top flight. Last weekend Manchester City went out and beat Burnley 5-0. That was the third time this season that they have had produced at least five goals in a Premier League fixture.
Sergio Aguero has opened the scoring in two of their last four fixtures, scoring in three of their last four. So he has come from behind him and he is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm) for the clash at Wembley. Manchester City took a 3-1 win at Spurs last season which was after thumping the Lilywhites 4-1 at the Etihad. That leaves the Citizens on a three-match winning streak against Spurs in the top flight.
Spurs though are carrying a four-match winning streak into his fixture and they have gone undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the top flight. So why are they 15/4 underdogs?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). Their current form really has to be taken into context. In this four-match winning streak, they have been Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham.
Those are all sides currently 14th or lower in the current table. Going back to their home form they have just the one clean sheet under their belt and Liverpool did get the better of them at Wembley back in the middle of September. Spurs have produced five goals at home this season in their there games, with three of these in their home opener against Fulham, who have the worst defensive record in this season’s top flight.
Harry Kane has only the one home goal this season and while he has three goals in their last six league games, two of those were from the penalty spot. So he’s not in the sharpest of scoring form, certainly not when it is stacked up against that of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Spurs have lost both matches this season so far against sides currently in the top seven, both 2-1 reverses against Liverpool and Watford.
There are vulnerabilities there for Spurs which were shown midweek in their 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, a game which Tottenham really needed to win. Manchester City have the form and the scoring power to out-punch the Lilywhites and the odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham at 3/4 odds looks good value* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm).
The big clash in this next round of the Premier League is the one that starts off the weekend. It is Tottenham v Liverpool from Wembley as Tottenham’s new home has had some pretty big delays which may not even see them move in this year. The Lilywhites had a decent time at Wembley last season but after a loss against Watford just before the international break, they are going to be under big pressure against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
Liverpool need a big performance out on the road on the weekend and given what they have produced so far this term, they look good value to get a result. Liverpool opened the season in tremendous fashion, powering their way past West Ham, but their performances since have been less about flair and a lot more about character. They haven’t produced those big fluent attacking shows but they have dug out wins over Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Leicester recently, neither of them particularly convincing wins.
But that is a good sign, that they are showing this season they are capable of winning ugly. That was missing from them last season. After four straight wins to open the season with, another one here would move the Reds six points clear of a title rival. That would be a pretty big statement so early in the season. In the bet365 correct score market a Liverpool 2-1 option is at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). That has some appeal and while we like the odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham, we can see both teams scoring.
Even though most of the attention falls on Mo Salah when it comes to Liverpool and their goalscoring exploits, Sadio Mane has had a really strong start to the new term and he can be backed at 15/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). He has four goals in four games for the Reds in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool have gone unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 games against Spurs in all competitions, so they hold a strong record. They capitulated at Wembley against Spurs last season, suffering a 4-1 loss there however that sparked them into a whole new defensive mode. Since that loss, they have conceded fewer top-flight goals than any other team. They have shipped just the one goal in their four Premier League games this season.
So they are going well at the back and they will have seen how poorly Spurs played in their defeat against Watford just before the international break. There should be weaknesses there for the Reds to exploit. Liverpool are on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League and they have also been winning at half time and at full time in each of those five games. Throw that on top of their good recent head to head form against Tottenham and they look a solid option.
The odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham are at 13/10 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.) appeal. This will be their biggest game of the season so far, their toughest test. But just the fact that they have shown that they can win ugly this season will go a long way. It looks like a really tough call to make on this one, but of the two, Liverpool look the more assured of themselves. Spurs have only one clean sheet to their name this season.
We feel that there is enough there for Liverpool to have success in this one. Tottenham were poor against Watford in their loss and that shows that if their Plan A isn’t working, they don’t have a back up plan at all and they look flimsy. Liverpool look much stronger at the back this season and they can come up with the edge. We are backing the odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham.