Tottenham vs Arsenal North London Derby Preview & Betting Tips: Come on my Son

Heung-Min SonAt the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday (2pm), title chasers Arsenal will face off against bitter rivals Tottenham for the North London Derby, which is always one of the most anticipated fixtures of the Premier League season. Can the visitors, Arsenal, pick up another win and keep themselves in the race? Or will their neighbours shatter those title dreams? Read on for our full match preview with betting tips.

In stark contrast to their rampant visitors, THFC tasted defeat when last in action, as they were brushed aside at Newcastle. Despite going up against a team blighted by injury, Ange Postecoglou’s men failed to get competitive at St. James’ Park, which does not bode well ahead of a game against the EPL leaders. Sure, they are back on home soil here, while they have had plenty of time to mull over that defeat and work on improving ahead of this game, but this remains a tough task for a team that has struggled to be consistent in recent times.

Despite the pressure being very much on, with Manchester City close behind with two games in hand, the Gunners kept their title dreams alive on Tuesday evening, as they laid down a statement performance at home to Chelsea. It would have been easy for Arteta’s men to crumble under the weight of needing another win, but they didn’t falter. Instead, they won in fine style, showcasing that they mean business. After scoring five on their way to picking up another vital three points, they will fancy themselves to get the better of rivals Spurs, who have not played in a fortnight.

Hosts THFC can threaten at home

We know how strong the current Arsenal team is. This will be a tough game for the hosts, but Spurs can hurt even the best teams if they get going, especially at home.

Under Postecoglou this season, Spurs have scored an average of 2.12 home goals, which is not to be taken lightly. They also come into this game having scored at least twice in each of their last three home games, as well as five of their last six. They have also shown their offensive power in several big games this season, including when scoring twice away against Arsenal earlier in the campaign, so they probably should not be written off here.

Visitors AFC hard to pick holes in

To be honest, the visitors have been excellent for most of the campaign. Even on the road, Arsenal’s efforts, for a long time, have been pleasing. They have dominated teams, shown quality in all areas, scored lots of goals and have hardly given teams a sniff. In the Premier League, Arteta’s men are unbeaten in their last seven away games, six of which they have won. During that time, they have scored a staggering total of 24 goals, conceding just one at the other end. Such form is virtually impossible to criticise. The only blemish on their away record (in the league) in 2024 is that 0-0 draw at the Etihad, which is far from a bad result.

Hosts Tottenham have the upper hand

A few years ago, the pendulum between these two definitely started to swing in the direction of Tottenham, as they lost just one North London Derby in three years, picking up four wins against Arsenal during that time. However, in the last couple of seasons, the Gunners have wrestled back control of this fixture, losing none of their last three against Spurs, winning two of those. They have also won three of the last five renewals of this fixture.

Home goals may just be worth chancing

Arsenal are big favourites with the best-known bookmakers to get the job done here and they may well do that. After all, the visitors have certainly shown the quality to suggest that this is a winnable fixture. However, this has the potential to be their trickiest assignment yet. Spurs are capable of scoring goals at home, while they can be threatening on the break, which could be a problem for the Gunners, who given the fact that Manchester City remain in the driving seat, cannot afford to sit back here.

The hosts have scored multiple goals against Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United at home this season. They have gone away from home and scored multiple goals against the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City and Arsenal. On that basis, odds of 6/4 on the hosts notching a couple of goals in a game that they have had longer to prepare for (compared to their visitors) look worth taking.

We really cannot underestimate the fact that the Gunners have played an awful lot of football recently. Since Spurs last played, they have had three games to take care of, which may not stop them, but could at least stop them from being as defensively effective as they may be with a clearer schedule.

All in all, though, the Gunners are seemingly marching towards their biggest push for the title in two decades. Their rivals look well placed to perform offensively in this fixture and at the available odds, it’s worth betting that Spurs can, at the very least, get highly competitive in the final third.

Son to score at generous odds

Playing Arsenal right now is about as tough a test as you can get in the Premier League, but odds of 12/5 are rarely available for a forward of Son’s quality to score, especially on home soil. Yes, Arsenal can prevent teams from getting serious in the final third, but the South Korean is a special player, one who has scored 15 goals this season and one who has a fine record against the Gunners.

When the teams met earlier in the season, Son scored two goals, while he now has six goals in his last eight games against Spurs’ rivals. This is a player who averages 0.56 goals per 90 minutes in the league this season. So the betting tips, at best odds, for this THFC vs AFC match preview are: