22nd Oct 2017 | Premier League
North London Double
It should be a good day for the London sides with more questions to be raised on Merseyside.
Paddy Power are offering an enhanced price of 9/2 on Arsenal and Spurs both winning on Sunday afternoon. That becomes comfortably the best price out there and well worth a punt.
Everton v Arsenal:
Two sides desperately in need of the points but in truth the Gunners are a class above Everton. Wenger’s boys may be yet to win a league game on the road but that has owed huge amounts to bad luck.
Arsenal rank 3rd in the league for shots on target per game (6.3) whereas Everton’s plight makes sense based on the same stat (2.9) in which they rank T14. In terms of shots faced, the visitors also outperform the Merseysiders comfortably - 5th versus 10th.
Despite their setback at Watford, the Londoners are actually on good form across all competitions (W7 D1 L1). Compare that to 2 wins in 12 games for Koeman’s strugglers.
Crucially, Wenger should be able to call upon Sanchez, Ramsey and Koscielny again for this one. Key players down the spine of the team who can prove match-winners.
Tottenham v Liverpool:
The game of the weekend comes at Wembley and I think the hosts can really benefit from having visitors who want to attack - the first time at home in the league all season. Swansea, Burnley, Bournemouth and even Chelsea had other ideas by and large.
Stylistically this encounter will be closer to when Dortmund visited the national stadium and Spurs ran out 3-1 winners that night. They are fantastic on the break, as demonstrated continuously on the road, and Klopp may inadvertently play into their hands here.
Also significant, Tottenham are the ones with the pedigree for being able to defend when they need to. They have kept four clean sheets in their last five league matches while Liverpool haven’t had any away from Anfield in the top flight yet.
That could prove the difference between the sides on Sunday, and over the campaign as a whole.