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Nic Ladds 30th Oct 2009 - 14:02

Brace yourselves - it's Arsenal v Tottenham

One of the most eagerly anticipated North London derbies for sometime is screened for our pleasure on Saturday and unsurprisingly it is Arsenal favourites at odds of 4/7 with Tottenham hoping to finally get one over on their arch rivals at 5/1.

Until the loss at home to Stoke this had started to look like the season that Spurs fans have dreamed of for years where they break in to the top 4 and although Arsenal have a game in hand, the pair are both equal on 19 points.

Harry Redknapp seems to finally have instilled a fighting spirit lacking in previous Spurs teams as they showed with 10 men to hold of Portsmouth, while Arsene Wenger's side score goals by the bucket load and the first bet punters will be drawn to is over two match goals at 4/7, while more than two goals in the first half is 6/4 and 10/11 for the second half.

Tottenham fans will be loathed to be reminded that is if 19 Premier League games since they recorded a win over the Gunners although fans will fondly remember the 4-4 last year at the Emirates where Spurs grabbed two late goals and the same score line is 100/1, while a simple draw is 14/5.

The scorer of the last that day was Aaron Lennon who is out of this clash along with Jermain Defoe, Luca Modric with doubts over others. So in comes the much criticised David Bentley who could be brilliant or woeful depending on his mood but if in the former, 14/1 about him scoring first could be big.

Two of Peter Crouch (15/2), Robbie Keane (8/1) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (10/1) will be deployed and should get ample support from Jermaine Jenas (6/1 to score anytime) and Niko Kranjcar (5/1 for anytime).

The Gunners meanwhile will be hoping Robin van Persie continue in his rich vein of form with five goals in his last six games and is 9/2 to score first, but Arsenal have threats all over the pitch and any of Andrei Arshavin (11/2), Cesc Fabregas (15/2) and Tomas Vermaelen (20/1) have all chipped in this season but really take your pick from an Arsenal team as any player has the capacity to hurt the opposition.

Everything points to high scores with only Arsenal having scored more away goals that Spurs, while the Gunners are free scoring at home so look at scores like 3-1 (10/1) or 3-2 (25/1) to the home side, while the same scores in favour of Tottenham are 66/1 (3-1) and 40/1 (3-2), then 1-1 is 6/1 and 2-2 14/1.

Like many derbies, it is conceivable that form will go out the window and both sides will go for this with all guns a blazing and we should be in for a treat. Spurs will be desperate to win but with their injury problems it is a big ask against a near full strength Gunners side.

If Wenger's men though show any of the arrogance that they did in the second half against West Ham then this will be over in a matter of minutes as Spurs will punish them severely for complacency and if they do go a one or two up this could begin to creep in to the side as it is not something you iron out over night but a more deep rooted issue in the team.

With Tottenham battling until the end and both sides able to score and have a habit of conceding a stalemate is the call, with 2-2 the score line at 14/1, while Jermaine Jenas who has score three in his last four against Arsenal is taken to score anytime at 6/1 and help earn Tottenham a coveted point against their arch-rivals.


2-2 - 14/1

Jenas to score anytime - 6/1


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