James Mason's tips for the North London Derby include a winner, BTTS, and an anytime goalscorer.
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Arsenal and Tottenham will meet in the 194th North London derby on Sunday and the two teams could hardly be heading into the contest at the Emirates Stadium in better form.
After narrowly missing out on the Premier League title last term, Arsenal have hit the ground running in 2023/24, accumulating 13 points from their opening five top-flight fixtures, whilst also thrashing PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League opener during the week.
Spurs have also collected 13 points from a possible 15, making this their best start to a league season for 57 years and they certainly appear to be enjoying life under the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou.
All this sets us up for a potentially mouth-watering derby clash, as both teams look to underline their early-season credentials, while simultaneously getting one over their fierce rivals.
Arsenal to win & both teams to score
Any concerns Arsenal supporters may have had of their team suffering a hangover from last season’s failed title tilt have quickly been put to bed, with the Gunners starting the campaign in fine fashion.
Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of PSV was the club’s third win in a row across all competitions and will have acted as perfect preparation for Sunday’s derby clash.
Mikel Arteta’s side did the league double over Tottenham last season and they have won four of the last five meetings between the two sides, while they have not lost a top-flight match on home soil to Spurs in almost 13 years.
This is a much-improved Spurs team under Postecoglou, however, and they have averaged almost three goals-per-game since the Australian’s arrival, so they will expect to get on the scoresheet at the Emirates at the very least.
Six of the last nine meetings between these two sides have seen both teams to score, an outcome that should bear fruit again on Sunday, with Arsenal ultimately coming out on top.
Over 3.5 goals
Over 3.5 goals have been scored in each of the last two North London derbies to take place at the Emirates and history can repeat itself on Sunday, with the two teams having scored a combined 22 league goals already this term.
There have also been exactly four goals scored in each of Arsenal’s last three home fixtures, while Spurs netted twice at both Brentford and Bournemouth earlier this season before notching five in their most recent away trip to Burnley.
Spurs have also accumulated the most shots (101) of any team in the Premier League to date this season, while Arsenal, with 78, also feature prominently on that list.
Leandro Trossard anytime goalscorer
Arsenal winger Leandro Trossard has scored in each of his last three games for club and country and he will expect to retain his place in the starting XI with concerns still surrounding the fitness of Gabriel Martinelli.
Trossard has previous for scoring against Spurs, as he twice netted the winning goal when facing them with his former club Brighton in 2021 and 2022.
The Belgium international, who also provided an assist during the midweek victory over PSV, is a man in form who can once again trouble the scoresheet on Sunday.