North London Derby 18th November 2017 odds & prediction

Spurs to rule North London clash?

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Tottenham

The first North London derby of the Premier League 2017/18 season kicks off on the weekend following the recent international break. This is a huge date on the calendar and for both of these, there is great importance riding on the game. Spurs hold a four point lead over their rivals in the league standings as they kick off in third place. So a massive gap could be opened up if the Lilywhites can deliver a win out on the road against their rivals. Arsenal badly need the three points to close the gap on the Lilywhites.

But will Arsenal be able to get it done? They have failed to win any of their last three home Premier League games against Spurs, each of the games in that sequence having ended in a 1-1 draw. The 1-1 correct score at Betfair returns a price of 13/2. It’s a decent trend worth considering because there probably won’t be too much to chose between the two sides on the day. This is one of the top English fixtures and there’s no love lost between these.

Arsenal v Tottenham Betting Odds

Arsenal 13/10, Tottenham 15/8, Draw 5/2

Last season Spurs collected four points from the two league meetings and they have put together an unbeaten stretch of six matches against Arsenal in Premier League contests. So they are up in the head to head at the moment and will be full of confidence with five wins in their last six league games and they took that epic home win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League as well recently. They have also been strong out on the road.

After winning their opening four away games this season in the Premier League, Spurs slipped to only their first league away defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss against Manchester United in their most recent league away game. But whenever Spurs go, they will get chances and most of that will be for one man, Harry Kane. He should be fit and fresh after skipping the international break and Kane is trading as the 10/3 bet365 first goalscorer favourite and will naturally have plenty of backing.

Kane is on a five match Premier League scoring streak against Arsenal and netted a penalty in both games against them last season. He will probably terrorise the Arsenal defence again. Arsenal’s defence has been pretty woeful out on the road in the Premier League this season, but they have, by and large, held firm at home at least. The Gunners have won all five of their home games at the Emirates this season and have collected three clean sheets as well. But of their big games against fellow top six sides this season, they have already faltered.

Arsenal only managed a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, while they were smashed 4-0 by Liverpool and beaten 3-1 at Manchester City as well just before the international break. So that has once again raised questions about their ability to keep pace with the better sides in the league. They have a lot to prove do the Gunners but will they be able to snap that winless league home form that they are on against the Lilywhites? A home loss in this one would be a devastating blow for them as that could leave them a long way back of the top four after the weekend of action.