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Arsenal the favourite to win north London derby against Tottenham

Fri, Nov 17, 2:24pm by Staff Writer

With Manchester City tipped to easily retain the Premier League lead after round 12 this weekend, the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal offers the most for punters.

Tottenham is riding high in equal second spot and brimming with confidence after wins over Real Madrid and Crystal Palace ahead of the international break.

Sixth-placed Arsenal, meanwhile, lost to 3-1 to Manchester City last time out and are in danger of falling further behind in its race for a place in the top four.

But a series of injury problems for spurs offer the Gunners an opportunity to take the points at home and keep in touch with the leaders.

William Hill sees Arsenal as the narrow $2.35 favourite to defy the odds and win the match, with Tottenham paying $2.80 and $3.50 for a draw.

Tottenham has been plagued by injuries in past weeks, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all withdrawing from the England squad, and Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld missing for France and Belgium respectively.

Michel Vorm also pulled out of the Netherlands squad, and with long-term absentees Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela are still on the sidelines.

Still, Arsenal has not beaten Tottenham in their last six Premier League meetings, its longest ever winless run against Spurs in league competition, and the match should be Tottenham’s to lose.

Manchester City’s visit to Leicester City would appear to be a foregone conclusion.

Pep Guardiola’s side has dropped just two points from its first 11 games and remain favourites for the EPL title.

And while Leicester recovered from dropping into the bottom three briefly and is now unbeaten in six games, City is on just $1.60 to take the points, with $9 for a loss and $5 for a draw.

Manchester United looked less than impressive in their 1-0 loss to Chelsea before the break, but should hang on to second spot with a win over Newcastle.

Newly-promoted Newcastle, meanwhile went down 1-0 to Bournemouth last time out and is paying 2.50 for an upset, with just $1.28 for a United win and $5 for a draw.

Chelsea is on just $2.10 to beat West Bromwich Albion and stay in the top four, with $5.50 for the 16-placed Birmingham side to take the points.

Liverpool’s hunt for a top-four finish should stay on course when it hosts 13th-placed Southampton.

The fifth-placed Reds downed West Ham 4-1 in the last round, while Southampton lost to Burnley 1-0. Despite the seeming disparity between the sides, Liverpool is paying $1.40 for a win and just $1.90 for a loss.

Huddersfield is hoping Aaron Mooy can recover in time from the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifying win over Honduras to line up in its clash at Bournemouth.

Huddersfield beat West Ham 1-0 in its previous match and has a good chance to claim a fifth Premier League victory this weekend.

Punters can double their money with a Huddersfield win, with $1.85 on offer for Bournemouth and $3.40 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Take Arsenal and Tottenham to draw: $3.50

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