Premier League – Arsenal vs Spurs Preview & Betting Tips: Take Away Value

Bukayo SakaThe first North London Derby of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign takes place on Sunday (2pm). After their fantastic and dramatic late comeback last weekend, Tottenham travel to Arsenal. With the hosts occupied by midweek Champions League football, can the visitors take advantage of their extra preparation time and win at the Emirates for the first time since 2018? Read on for our full AFC vs THFC match preview with betting tips.

AFC & THFC moving in right direction

As they look to bridge the gap between themselves and last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City, Arsenal have made a solid start to the new season. They have 13 points from the opening five games and are yet to taste defeat. After the international break, Mikel Arteta’s men got back down to business with a 0-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park, thanks largely to a sweet finish from Leandro Trossard, who is quickly becoming an important player for the Gunners. The hosts warmed up for this huge fixture with a 4-0 win over PSV in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Unlike Arsenal, Spurs are not involved in European competition of any kind this season, which may just be a blessing in disguise. They have had lots of time to prepare for this big game, while they will make the short trip to the Emirates off the back of some excellent results and promising displays. Under new manager Ange Postecoglou, they have won four and drawn one, scoring seven goals in their last two games. It is a far cry from the weak and out-of-sorts Spurs side that last visited the Emirates under Antonio Conte.

Gunners firing

There was a suggestion that Arsenal were somewhat boring at Everton last weekend. They scored just once and certainly ground it out in less than eye-catching fashion, but that was the first game in three where they didn’t score multiple goals. They were in flying form on Wednesday night, which should leave them feeling confident ahead of this derby game. Each of their key attacking players got heavily involved in that 4-0 hammering of PSV, which bodes well, as does their home form in general.

Front-foot Spurs looking dangerous

It has been a rather rapid turnaround at Spurs since the new manager came in. The Aussie has cleverly added the right type of player and has galvanised those who were already there. So much so that five games in, this is a team that looks worlds away from the one that plodded along under Antonio Conte last season. Heung-min Son, who was perhaps the biggest casualty of last season, seems back to his old self. It means that Spurs once again carry a huge offensive threat, even in the absence of club record goalscorer Harry Kane.

Right from the word go, Postecoglou has insisted that he is all about high-intensity, attack-minded football. He wants his team to score plenty of goals and play attractive football and so far, so good for Sunday’s visitors, who have created lots of chances and scored no shortage of goals.

Goals galore at this ground

In recent times, when the two teams have met at the Emirates, goals have been scored. Last season, Arsenal won by three goals to one at this venue, as they did the year before. In fact, each of the last five renewals of this fixture at Arsenal’s stadium has contained three or more goals, while both teams have scored in all five too. Four or more goals have been scored in four of those five.

Visitors THFC can pack a punch

Arsenal are quite big favourites to win this game, and on home soil, they probably should oblige. However, this won’t be easy for the Gunners, who’ve not exactly been massively convincing in their last two Premier League games. Moreover, they are up against a Spurs side that has proven to be useful offensively.

In the betting, ‘Tottenham to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ looks a nice play at odds of 15/8. Postecoglou’s men have the tools to hurt anyone, that’s pretty clear. They should also enjoy playing on the break, with the pace and directness of Heung-min Son, Mano Soloman and Dejan Kulusevski. They also have the super speedy Brennan Johnson. Moreover, in James Maddison they have a bang-in-form creator, who can pick the lock against any team, as has been seen time after time over the last few seasons.

What is more, we should not forget that this is a Tottenham team that has scored two or more in five out of five in the EPL this season, notching more goals than any other Premier League team besides league leaders Man City. Add in that Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season, despite not facing a side of Spurs’ calibre and backing the visitors to notch a couple of goals at nice-looking odds starts to make plenty of appeal.

Maddison can make the difference

Since joining up with Ange Postecoglou and Spurs, James Maddison has gone from strength to strength and is now looking every inch a top Premier League number 10. The England international has scored twice in his first five league games in a Tottenham shirt, while he’s also averaging 0.37 expected goals per game, plus a rather chunky 3.37 shots and 2.32 shots on target. Very much a big-game player, the 26-year-old looks a good bet to notch at the Emirates. So these are our EPL game betting tips for this AFC vs THFC preview:

  • Tottenham to score over 1.5 goals (‘total away goals’ market) @ best odds of 9/5 with BetVictor.
  • James Maddison to score at any time @ 7/2 with Bet365.