Premier League / Arsenal vs Tottenham – Match between two bitter London rivals closes the fourth round of the English Premiership. Tottenham had an upper hand last year and both teams have in common that they lost finals of European competitions. Arsenal will play in the Europa League this year, while Tottenham will compete in the Champions League. Arsenal started better the new season and they won two points more than Tottenham in first three rounds. Arsenal won Tottenham at home last season by 4-2.
Game Arsenal vs Tottenham begins 01.09.2019 at 17:30 CET
Arsenal won twice in first two rounds by minimal result, while the rivals were objectively much weaker. It was known in advance that they could have problems in Newcastle but nevertheless they for which one Aubayang’s goal scored in the second half was enough. They expected to win Burnley easier in the second round, however, it was even more difficult and the visitors had 1-1 till the middle of the second half when Aubameyang scored again for the final 2-1.
They kept the result and went to Liverpool with maximal six points. The first big derby showed all Arsenal weaknesses and they held on at the Anfield till the finish of the first hal, when they received the first goal. At the beginning of the second half Arsenal received the second goal, which was the end of road for them. Salah nailed them with the second goal and Torreira only lessened their defeat. Newcomer Pepe played from the first minute but it didn't help, just like Aubameyang. Monreal left the team in the meantime and Kolašinac has to go at the left flank.
Probable lineups Arsenal: Leno – Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, D. Luiz, Kolasinac – Guendouzi, G. Xhaka – Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang – Lacazette
It can be said that Tottenham had similar rivals in first three rounds but they won two points fewer than Arsenal. In the first round, they won away new Premier League member Aston Villa after a turnaround and it must be said that the Spurs had plenty of problems. Newcomer Ndombele had equalised and H. Kane fully turned the result up-side down with his two goals. In the second round the Spurs faced the City in Manchester and their chances were slim, however, they pulled out 2-2 draw despite trailing behind two times.
When they won one point at the Etihad it was logical to expect to win Newcastle at the White Hart Lane. Instead, they suffered a shocking defeat in which they didn’t score a single goal. They received the only goal around the middle of the first half and it was the first big mishap this season. It didn't help that forward Son was in the team, but on the other hand Ndombele wasn’t, who is one of greatest reinforcements brought this summer. Sessegnon is also injured, while Eriksen unexpectedly stayed on the bench. Eriksen returns in the starting line-up now, just as stopper Vertonghen, while Aurier goes at the right flank, meaning there will be three changes in the team.
Probable lineups Tottenham: Lloris – Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose – Sissoko, Winks – Lamela, Eriksen, Son – H.Kane
Betting Pick: Arsenal vs Tottenham
Both teams demonstrated certain weaknesses in first three rounds, where Arsenal was powerless against stronger rival. Tottenham slipped in the previous round and are probably shaken, so we forecast that the home team will dominate and the guests cannot win.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Arsenal
Odds: 1.81 at betvictor (down to 1.71 can be played)
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