Capital One Cup: Terrific time for Tottenham to face Arsenal
Spurs have won three out of the last four North London derbies against Arsenal at home 2-1, and a repeat result as both teams enter the Capital One Cup in the third round is a 9/1 shot with Coral.
Despite some suspensions and more injuries, the Gunners are made narrow 7/5 favourites to win the tie in 90 minutes, and belie their recent record at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham are slowly starting to click, however, after investing in a new-look attack over the summer, and represent real value at 19/10 for victory in normal time, and 11/10 to qualify from the tie.
A draw, which means an additional half hour and possibly penalties on the night, meanwhile, is a 13/5 chance. Derby day could well contain a red card, so special odds of 7/2 say someone shall be sent off in the match.
Harry Kane, a boyhood Arsenal fan, has no hiding place from his club goal-drought, but at least some relief on the scoring burden has arrived in the form of South Korea attacker Son Heung-Min.
Since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen, Son has three in as many matches across all competitions, so is well worth backing in a superb 6/1 special enhanced matchday wincast. You can stake up to £20 on this brilliant boosted price bet.
Whether Mauricio Pochettino is willing to risk recently returned Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen playing again so soon remains to be seen, but this could be a necessity if both Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason fail fitness with Nabil Bentaleb definitely out.
Former MK Dons prodigy Dele Alli is starting to catch the eye in a Spurs shirt, though, and holds an 11/2 anytime scorer price to build on his encouraging outings.
Arsene Wenger’s Gunners are without midfield quartet Santi Cazorla (banned) Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere (all injured), plus forward Danny Welbeck, but Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has had his red card at Chelsea overturned on appeal despite being on another FA charge.
As so many senior players are out, the usual Arsenal policy of blooding youth in this competition may have to be called upon. Fans will expect Wenger to take derby day seriously, though.
Coming into tackling Tottenham off the back of successive away defeats, the Gunners need a response and to keep better discipline.
England forward Theo Walcott could start against Spurs for the first time since sustaining a serious injury against them in the FA Cup third round back in 2014.
Prior to that, he had four in his previous six in this fixture, while Walcott’s current form is two in the last three, so he’s 11/2 to break the deadlock if in the XI, or the same price to round off the scoring if alternatively used as an impact sub.
Coral’s top tip: That nifty 9/1 price for a 2-1 home win for Tottenham in 90 minutes really appeals, with Arsenal much lighter in midfield here.