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Spurs can belie recent record against Gunners and snatch spoils

| 07.02.2015

Tottenham go in this north London derby with Arsenal having won just one one their last seven matches against them in all competitions, including a 1-0 loss last season in this fixture at White hart Lane. The Gunners, therefore, are 6/5 favourites with Coral for victory again, and 9/1 by that same scoreline.

However, Arsene Wenger is likely to be without his top performer this term, Alexis Sanchez, who missed the last match against Aston Villa due to a hamstring injury. The French coach has announced the Chilean is keen to defy doctors’ advice, but in his possible absence Spurs are great value at 9/4 to win.

German World Cup winner Per Mertesacker spoke ahead of the clash, saying: “Last season we (Arsenal) did quite well at White Hart Lane, so we will try to repeat that. We are very close to each other in the league, we are two London rivals.

“Now they have a new manager, there has been change in the squad. It will be a good game, with an early kick off, so we need to be fresh.”

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino can also rely on his star man this season in academy graduate Harry Kane, who has taken his tally to 20 goals in all competitions already. The 21-year-old has eight in his last eight games and bagged a brace against West Bromwich Albion last time out, so is a tempting 7/4 to net again anytime, and 9/1 for two or more.

Kane is also in a Coral matchday special, where we are offering odds of 11/2 for the England Under-21 international to score and Tottenham win (max stake of £20).

Pochettino may have another ace up his sleeve in Emmanuel Adebayor, meanwhile, who is the top scorer in this north London derby (with 10), for both Spurs and Arsenal. The Togo frontman has endured a frustrating term so far, and was reportedly offered a way out in the January transfer window but has remained with the club for now. Adebayor is an enticing 2/1 chance to net anytime, or 7/1 to perhaps come of the bench and score last.

Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky have got multiple goals against Tottenham in the past, and they are respective 15/8, 7/2 and 5/1 chances to net again anytime. French forward Giroud is also involved in a matchday special, with odds of 4/1 for him to score and Arsenal win.

Theo Walcott, who suffered a serious knee injury against Spurs last term in the FA Cup, could be set for a second successive Premier League start after continuing his return to full fitness. He netted last time ot against Aston Villa and is 15/8 to get revenge on Tottenham and get another here.

If you fancy a draw, which was the result in the reverse fixture at the Emirates this term, then take odds of 5/2.

In terms of other injuries for this encounter, Wenger is also still without Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Danny Welbeck could return. Nabil Bentaleb, meanwhile, is available after returning form the Africa Cup of Nations.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.