Is Adebayor Gunner Do It Again?
Tottenham v Arsenal
The North London Derby
12:45 - live on Sky Sports 2
In 2009 when playing for Manchester City Emmanuel Adebayor (25/1 to score a hat-trick) scored a memorable goal against his old side at Eastlands. The goal wasn't memorable for the finish but for the celebration that followed, the Togo striker sprinted the full length of the pitch sliding on his knees to celebrate in front of the away fans. To be frank, it didn't go down well and rightly Adebayor was shown a yellow card for the disorder that he incited from the Gooners.
In memory of that goal William Hill has decided to offer a unique Match Winner price for Adebayor to repeat that performance. If he scores and receives a yellow card at any point of the North London Derby we have enhanced the price to a generous 8/1 from 11/2. Why bet anywhere else?
The North London Derby, one of the biggest rivalries in domestic football, will be the second big game of the weekend following the Merseyside clash at Goodison Park. Tottenham Hotspur have been picking up in form until their midweek clash with Irish Champions Shamrock Rovers, whilst Arsenal have finally begun to show some promise which was demonstrated with a battling last 20 minutes against Olympiakos on Wednesday night.
Last season Harry Redknapp's side stole four points off the Gunners last season with three of those coming from at the Emirates when Spurs came from behind to win 3-2 (20/1 Correct Score) to the despair of Arsene Wenger.
Tottenham (8/1 to be highest scoring team this weekend) did have a poor start to the season getting hammered by both Manchester United (3-0) and Manchester City (5-0) however since then their form has improved and a 4-0 (40/1 Correct Score) win over Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool and another comfortable win last weekend has seen them climb to sixth in the Premier League table.
As for Arsenal (1/12 to win no trophies) who lay an unfamiliar thirteenth, they arguably have had enough time for their deadline day new signings to have settled in and begin their effort to once again reach that all important top four place. They looked stubborn against Olympiakos and it finally looked as though Arsene Wenger has managed to install into his players what the fans have been shouting for months; PASSION! Arsenal has thrown away leading positions in matches with alarming consistency since the end of last season.
Despite still missing Thomas Vermaelen at the back, Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal 7/2 to keep a clean sheet) has begun to shine and establish himself as the Gunners number one. Furthermore new signings Per Mertesacker (12/1 anytime goalscorer) and Andre Santos (12/1 anytime goalscorer) look to have been another example of a shrewd forage into the transfer market by Wenger.
In terms of the on field battles this Sunday look out for centre midfield where the relatively untested partnership of Frimpong (8/1 anytime goalscorer) and Arteta (11/1 first goalscorer) with be thoroughly examined by Modric (4/1 anytime goalscorer) and Van der Vaart (15/2 first goalscorer). If Tottenham have no joy there then look for them to take it wide and use the pace of Lennon and Bale to try and unsettled Brazilian Santos and Frenchman Sagna.
All in all it looks like another close to call North London Derby, and for the first time in years it could be Arsenal who will be going in as the underdogs. If they win it will send out a message to the fans that they are real contenders for a Champions League Spot this year, but if they lose Arsene Wenger will be back on the defensive having to answer to questions surrounding his future at the club.