Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur 09/01/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal
Sunday 1st September 2013 16:00(GMT)
The Line: Arsenal 6/5 Draw 12/5 Tottenham Hotspur 12/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; NBC Sports; Direct Tv
Sunday is such a huge day for both Arsenal and Tottenham that its ironic and apt that they meet in the North London Derby. Both sets of fans will be looking forward to the game with hope and fear. Tottenham come into this game with two wins from two, Spurs have won both of their games 1-0 and Roberto Soldado has scored both of those goals from the penalty spot. That is two more penalty kicks than the Spurs got the entire season last year. Some may say that was to do with having Gareth Bale on their side. as the Welshman had a poor name for diving and often referee's would wave play on after seeing Bale take a tumble in the box. Bale will probably be gone by Monday afternoon, as Spurs look like they are all set to sell to Real Madrid. But Spurs havent sat on their Laurels while waiting to sell Bale, instead they have brought in 7 new players, spent over €100m and look to be the real deal this year under boss Andre Villa Boas. Soldado has provided the out and out goalscorer threat up front and with Capoue and Paulinho teaming up with Dembele, the midfield looks solid and capable of running games and keeping possession. The addition of Erik Lamela and Christian Ericksen midweek shows Spurs intent to contend not just for the top four, but for the League title. This Tottenham squad is the best squad they have ever had in the Premier League era and if these new players fit in, I think Andre Villa Boas may very well have put together a title contender.
On the other side of North London, Arsenal have spent £0, brought in two players, both free transfers, and one, Mathiu Flamini, was released from AC Milan. Arsene Wenger is under pressure to spend money and bring in quality players, but the problem for is this squad is not good enough to compete for the league title and may not be good enough to finish in the top four, considering the improvements to Chelsea, City and Spurs. On the plus side, the team has played well in their last three games. Olivier Giroud has had a great start to the season, scoring three goals in the first three games, while Santi Cazorla has been pulling the strings and Theo Walcott , Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshire have all been creating chances and scoring goals. But injuries to Lucas Podolski and Mikael Arteta highlight the lack of depth in the squad and the necessity of bringing in new players. Wenger says there will be no panick buys, but if Arsenal lose on Sunday, will the fans be happy with the current squad? I think not.
This game is all set up to be a hig- paced, high- powered, high-scoring affair and that's something I will be taking to the bank. I'm taking over 2.5 goals. Follow me on twitter @antonpippo