Arsenal and Spurs face off in the North London derby at the Emirates this weekend, and the Gunners are 2.6 shots with Boylesports to come out on top in a game in which the managers go into experiencing contrasting levels of support.
Arsene Wenger is a man under pressure after his side’s 4-0 mauling in the Champions League at the hands of Ac Milan which was quickly followed by a poor 2-0 defeat at Sunderland.
He is fighting to justify his football philosophy and this will be his seventh season at the club without winning any silverware.
His comments after the game against AC Milan summed up things at the club at the moment. He said: “I felt we were never in the game, we were very poor offensively and defensively. It was shocking to see how we were beaten everywhere.”
He’s spot on, and things must change fast for Arsenal to get back on track.
By stark contrast Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp is a man who can do little wrong at present.
He is being wooed by the FA for the England job and is revelling in the media spotlight with the full support of Spurs and Three Lions supporters.
That makes this a really interesting clash, and with both side’s liking to play attacking football there is the distinct possibility of plenty of goals.
Indeed, the two sides met three times last season and and shared 16 goals in those encounters. Even if you add in Spurs’ 2-1 win at White Hart Lane this season, that makes 19 goals in their last four meetings – an average of nearly five a game.
So over 2.5 goals looks a good starting point from a betting perspective, and that is a top priced 1.73 with Boylesports.
As far as Arsenal are concerned the outcome of this game will once again centre around Robin van Persie.
He has been banging in goals all season, and without his contribution you dread to think where the side would be.
The Dutchman is a top 7 with Boylesports to net the opener, but for me backing him to score anytime in the 90 minutes makes more appeal at 2.38 with the same firm.
It’s a safer bet given that this is a tough one to call, and hopefully the real Arsenal will turn up and sneak a much needed win.