Arsenal will hope to secure Champions League football on Thursday night at the expense of rivals Tottenham when the two teams meet in the latest edition of the north London derby.
Original article published 29 August 2022
The Gunners will start Thursday's clash one place and four points better off than their opponents, and a defeat for Spurs would likely end all hope of qualifying for the top four.
Arsenal looked to have had their top-four spot sewn up a few months ago, but a run of four defeats in five matches handed Spurs a chance to close the gap.
Under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, they did just that, and they are now just four points behind their neighbours. Both teams have three games remaining this season, but a win for Arsenal would all but end Spurs' top-four hopes.
The Gunners, 12/5 to win on Thursday evening, have been in good form though of late, winning four matches on the spin.
Arsenal have despatched of Chelsea, Manchester United, West Ham United and Leeds, while Spurs have only picked up one in four.
However, Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven home league matches against Arsenal, which is their longest such run since the 1960s.
Conte's side are 11/10 to collect all three points, or they are 3/10 in the double chance market.
Arsenal and Tottenham fans have enjoyed mocking each other throughout the years, and if there's a loser on Thursday, that will continue as both teams try to ruin each other's European dreams.
Arsenal can rule supreme with a win, while a victory for Spurs will at least make Arsenal sweat a little longer.
Both teams have been in good goalscoring form of late, with Spurs netting 16 in five at home, while Arsenal have scored seven in five on their travels.
Games between the two sides are often entertaining affairs, with both teams finding the back of the net in six of the last eight meetings.
Both teams to score is priced at 7/10 this time around, while over 2.5 goals is available at 4/5, which has landed in five of the last eight battles.
While Arsenal's results have been consistent, their performances at the back have not.
Mikel Arteta's side have not kept a clean sheet in any of their previous seven games in the Premier League, and they have suffered without some of their key players.
Left-back Kieran Tierney is due to miss the rest of the campaign, as is Thomas Partey, with the midfielder often tasked with protecting his back four.
England international Ben White is a doubt with a hamstring injury, and that should give Spurs plenty of hope.
Son Heung-Min, who is 6/4 to score anytime, has had a hand in five goals in his last four north London derby appearances.
England captain Harry Kane is the top scorer in the history of the north London derby, and he is 5/6 to find the back of the net in 90 minutes.
Tottenham's main injury concerns come at the back, with Sergio Reguilon, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Matt Doherty all out for the rest of the campaign. Still, in attack, they should be raring to go as they try to close the gap on their rivals.