Arsenal vs Tottenham
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Just two weeks after their Premier League clash, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are set for another thrilling North London derby. Apart from bragging rights, it’s the Carabao Cup semi-final at stake on Wednesday evening when fierce city rivals come across each other at Emirates.
The Gunners ended a 22-game unbeaten thread on rainy Sunday falling disappointingly 3-2 away at relegation strugglers Southampton. It was actually the first time Arsenal reminded of a team under Arsene Wenger era as they naively allowed three headers with the same cross-jump pattern to lose the first game since August. Can Unai Emery find the way to lift spirits inside the dressing room ahead of the League Cup tie in just three days?
Arsenal vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
Arsenal were the more successful side in the history of the North London rivalry.
The Gunners won 70, drew 47 and lost 53 of 170 meetings with Spurs.
Each of last four head to head encounters saw home teams snatching the spoils.
Arsenal managed a huge second-half comeback to beat bitter rivals 4-2 when they met at the start of the month in the league clash at Emirates.
Arsenal vs Tottenham: Prediction
Tottenham responded well after the loss in the city derby. They went on to win three on the spin in the league and to rescue a point against Barcelona at Camp Nou to qualify for the last 16 round of the Champions League.
Christian Eriksen kept Mauricio Pochettino’s title hopes alive on Saturday when he notched a last-gasp winner against a stubborn Burnley side. Nevertheless, the visitors have huge problems with the list of injured players, especially when it comes to their back line. Jahn Vertonghen, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez all skipped the mentioned victory over Clarets at the weekend.
Emery also has huge issues with sidelined players which caused him to completely change the formation on Sunday at St. Mary’s. Both managers will likely make further changes to their starting line-ups given the well congested schedule ahead of these two sides during the festive period.
Backing goals, however, looks just to be the way to go here as both sides miss their key players at the back.
Arsenal vs Tottenham: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57 (4/7).