The biggest rivalry in London will be revived this Saturday, November 18, in the classic that opens the twelfth round of the English Premier League season 2017/2018. At Emirates Stadium, Arsenal host Tottenham for the first time since the rival, after decades, managed to overcome it to the end of the Premier League 2016/2017 version. The kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 am (Brasília time).
Arsenal’s recent performance
The Gunners also had a classic on day 11 and were unsuccessful. In front of Manchester City, in the rival’s stadium, they took 3 to 1 maintaining with 19 points (six wins, one tie and four losses).
After falling outside the UEFA Champions League qualifying zone for the first time, Arsenal are not even in a position to play in the Europa League. It is the sixth place. Although he has the same score as Liverpool, who is in fifth place, loses in the tiebreaker criteria.
In the break-up period for friendly matches between national teams and qualifiers for the replay of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia, Arsenal has seen an increase in the number of visitors to its often busy medical department.
The striker Oliver Giroud (ten games in the English Championship 2017/2018, a goal) was injured in serving the French team and became doubt for the classic. You will need to go through a new assessment by the club’s doctors to determine the severity of the injury and the time it takes to return to the field.
In addition to him are the reserve keeper David Ospina (without performances); defenders Krystian Bielik (without performances), Calum Chambers (without performances) and Shkodran Mustafi (five games, no goal); and striker Danny Welbeck (six games, three goals).
With so many problems, the fans bet on the ‘Emirates’ factor as a bigger reason to put their faith in Arsenal. The club has won all five games it has played in the current Premier League season at its stadium. He scored 13 goals and suffered four. In addition to it, only Manchester United have enjoyed 100% use in their fields so far.
The current form of Tottenham
After beating Arsenal last year, Tottenham give evidence that they can repeat the dose in 2017/2018 despite having their hiring investment severely limited by spending on construction of their new stadium.
With 23 points (seven wins, two draws and two losses), he shares the vice-lead of the Premier League as Manchester United. Only falls to third place when the tiebreaker criteria are used.
During the Premiership’s downtime, the club’s focus was on the medical department. Four players considered absolute holders were submitted to intensive treatment for the recovery of contusion.
The biggest problem is with striker Harry Kane (ten matches in the 2017/2018 English Championship, eight goals). The top scorer had to leave earlier in the game as Tottenham defeated Crystal Palace, another London club, 1-0 in the eleventh round. The muscle injury caused him to be cut from the England team. However, the expectation is that he is released to face Arsenal.
The same certainty is not demonstrated by the English press in relation to the Ali Ali (ten games, three goals), another that was exempted from serving the national team in the friendly against Germany (0 to 0) and Brazil (0 to 0). He also had a muscular problem that took him, even, from the game with Crystal Palace. New assessment of the doctors will determine if it could be available to coach Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday.
Another that was out of the confrontation of the previous round was the goalkeeper Lloris Hugo (ten performances). He suffered a groin injury. The list is completed by defender Toby Alderweireld (ten games, no goal), which injured the thigh.
History of the matches Arsenal vs Tottenham
The duel between London’s biggest rivals has not been won by Arsenal since 2015, when the Gunners scored 2-1 in the League Cup. Since then, teams have met four times. The tie was the most frequent result with three occurrences. Tottenham won once.
With an Arsenal under pressure to win, Tottenham can use their powerful and fast counter-attack with greater ease. It is, therefore, better betting option for the classic with a price of 2.87 in Bet365. Success of home owners pays 2.30 and draw has return of 3.50.