Event Date: September 01, 2013 17:00 CET
The famous North London Derby of the Barclays Premier League will be taking place this Sunday at the Emirates Stadium
The two teams involved – Arsenal and Tottenham – are currently on a three and four-match winning streak respectively. Two of the Gunners’ trio of wins came against Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualifier and the away 3-1 defeat of Fulham was sandwiched between them. They did lose the season opener against Aston Villa at home though.
Spurs, meanwhile, have won both their PL games by a scoreline of 1-0. Both the times their new signing Roberto Soldado’s penalties got them the three points. They were much better in their Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi, beating them 5-0 on their travel last week. The extremely one-sided nature of that result facilitated matters for coach Andre Villas-Boas’ side not only on the qualification front but also in their upcoming domestic game.
The Portuguese tactician didn’t have to use his key players in the return leg at the White Hart Lane, meaning that almost all of his first-teamers will be fresh this weekend.
Lukas Podolski’s name has been added to Arsenal’s injury list. His hamstring injury, which he picked in the routine win over Fener, could take as many as 10 weeks to fully heal. In addition to him, captain Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are also nursing injuries.
Tottenham’s only injury casualty is their right winger Aaron Lennon. They just sealed the transfer of Argentine winger Erik Lamela from AS Roma but it is unclear whether or not he would have the required clearances to take part in this one.
The North London Derby hasn’t been won by an away team since 2010. Last year, Spurs were thrashed 5-2 by the Gunners at the Emirates. Emmanuel Adebayor’s early sending-off did cripple the visitors, but still the home side were clearly the best. Spurs will obviously be missing Gareth Bale this time, and early indications are that without him their offence is pretty ordinary. They might have won the first two games, but their lack of quality personnel in the hole behind the striker will get exposed this time. The play here is to back Ladbrokes at a return of 2.10.
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