With Arsenal’s Champions League campaign over at the last 16 stage, their focus will turn to domestic action as they take on their cross town rivals Tottenham. This is a significant clash for both teams, with Spurs having ambitions of claiming a top four spot. Arsenal are still in with a shot at the Premier League title, but they cannot afford to slip up in many more games.
The odds for this game reflect the close nature of previous meetings between the two sides. Arsenal are the favorites, despite the game being played at White Hart Lane, but the margins are fine. Most bookmakers have them at 6/4 to get the win, while Spurs are at 2/1. The draw is priced at 5/2, which proves that bookmakers are not sure about the outcome.
The smart money would be on Tottenham for this game. They are coming off a disappointing loss to Chelsea, where their manager openly questioned the character and determination of his side. Meanwhile, Arsenal endured an energy sapping encounter with Bayern Munich, where they came off second best. Spurs will want to avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the Emirates Stadium early in the season. That was a tight game, with Spurs having plenty of possession but failing to significantly test the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Emmanuel Adebayor is the best bet in the first goalscorer category. The Togolese footballer has been in terrific form since Tim Sherwood took over from Andre Villas Boas as manager. He enjoys playing against his former club, and will want to inflict a fatal blow to Arsenal’s title challenge. Arsenal’s best bet at a first goal would be Lukas Podolski. He rarely plays as the central striker, but is a deadly threat from the left wing. With striker Olivier Giroud out of sorts in recent games, Podolski will be the one to watch out for.
Expect an end to end encounter, with plenty of passion, crunching tackles, and intensity from both sides. Arsenal will attempt to show their greater passing quality, but Spurs have enough firepower to nick a goal on the counter and get the win.
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