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Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Betting Preview – Wednesday 20th April, 2011

Tue, Apr 19, 11:16pm by Kevin Pitstock

This is a fun, fun, fixture. This North London derby is always an intense game at any time, but there are lots of things thrown into the mix here. Arsenal’s title hopes took a massive hit with that draw with Liverpool and they need a win here to try and keep some token pressure up on Manchester United. Spurs could be facing the prospect of no Champions League football next season as they sit in 5th, so they are also in urgent need of the three points. A win puts them level with Manchester City. This game gets underway at 04:45 AST on Thursday morning.

Spurs have had a brief rest, with no weekend game following their Champions’ League exit at the hands of Real Madrid. Peter Crouch is available again after suspension and they are keen to have Steven Pienaar back after injury. Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are both ruled out for Spurs. The balance of power in this fixture has switched, with Spurs winning the last two matches after Arsenal had put together a remarkable unbeaten sequence of 20. Tottenham can also be confident about facing anyone at White Hart Lane. They’ve lost 1 home league match in 26 there (to Wigan of all teams) while it’s just 1 loss in the last 10 EPL matches home or away. For fans of first scorer betting, avoid Rafael van der Vaart. He has one home goal since November.

Arsenal have a quick turnaround to deal with here, having played Liverpool on Sunday evening, they don’t have a huge amount of recovery time. The damage may be psychological after scoring in injury time and then giving away a penalty with more than 100 minutes on the clock. Alex Song could start this game having come off the bench on Sunday. The question of mentality has to be raised. Wenger has talked about some frailties in his side – they have given away leads on more than one occasion and they must also ponder the reverse fixture, which they lead 2-0 and lost 3-2. Despite the negativity, it’s still 15 league matches unbeaten, a run that has 8 wins and 7 draws.

Spurs are fresher, and rediscovered their goal-scoring touch against Stoke, while Arsenal are struggling mentally. We think they are ready to be beaten and we fancy a 2-1 win for Spurs. The $2.85 from SportsAlive looks really good value here and is a 4/5 bet.
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