Arsenal v Tottenham Sun 13:30
In what promises to be a fiery encounter between the North London rivals, Tottenham will travel to Arsenal today as odds against favourites with Ladbrokes, as the two sides look to assert themselves in the Premier League’s elite.
Recent seasons have seen the pair swap dominance slightly, with Harry Redknapp recently stating that it is a priority of his for Spurs to become the bigger force in London football.
Spurs have recorded only one loss in their last ten league outings, succumbing to Manchester City when they travelled to the Etihad Stadium in January.
The white side of North London can also be pleased with their last league fixture; a 5-0 thumping over Newcastle United and although Spurs were held to an FA Cup draw against Stevenage last weekend, Tottenham look confident in attaining a third place spot, against a side they have not lost to in their last four encounters in the Premiership.
However, standing in their way is Arsene Wenger’s Gunners who, having lost the reverse fixture in October, will be seeking revenge over their opponents.
An interesting set of statistics to watch out for this weekend is that while Tottenham haven’t failed to win after scoring first this campaign, Arsenal haven’t succeeded in winning when conceding first.
This makes for an epic anxiety over who will net the first goal in a fixture that will have a great bearing on who qualifies for next season’s Champions League.
Should Arsenal suffer a home loss on Sunday, they risk falling behind Chelsea – who play Bolton at home – and out of the top four of the English top flight.
Arsene Wenger’s side may have won their last two league matches but are currently on a two-match losing streak after Champions League and FA Cup losses against AC Milan and Sunderland, respectively, and the pressure is slowly descending on the gold fish bowl that is the Emirates, as fans begin to show their resentment at their manager.
Only a win will appease the fans, as they prepare to suffer a another body blow in the summer with Robin Van Persie rumoured to be on his way to Spain.
Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Benoit Assou-Ekotto should all return to the side after slight injury worries, while the same applies to Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs.
The English giants can close the gap between third and fourth spot to just seven points today in what could be a signifier in who is becoming the true power in North London.