Can Tim Sherwood Win His First North London Derby?
The biggest match from the first round of the FA Cup that sees the big boys competing with the sides that have made it through the qualification, first and second rounds sees an all Premier League clash as two of the closest sides battle for a place in the fourth round at The Emirates Stadium today. Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will be desperate to get one over on their nearest and biggest rivals, but will the experience of more than 17 years worth of North London Derby matches for Arséne Wenger or the inexperience of a first Arsenal v Tottenham game for new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood win the day?
GR88.com believe that the Frenchman and his Premier League topping Arsenal side will have learnt their lesson from fielding a weakened side against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup earlier this season as they slipped to a 2-0 loss as they favour the home win today.
Arsenal Victory – 1.90
Draw – 3.35
Tottenham Victory – 3.45
(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)
Arsenal have an excellent home record in North London Derby matches and they have lost just once to Tottenham at either their current home of The Emirate Stadium and their previous stadium at Highbury since 1993. That win for Spurs came in 2010 when goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul saw them come from 2-0 down at half time to snatch all three points and their first away win at their rivals since goals from Teddy Sheringham and John Hendry (2) saw them win 17 years previously.
Things have not gone well at The Emirates since that day for Tottenham either as they have suffered two 5-2 losses in the last three visits across North London as well as being beaten 1-0 this season in the Premier League. However, after recording just their second win at Old Trafford against Manchester United since 1989 on New Year’s Day Tim Sherwood and Tottenham will be hoping that they can continue to collect rare victories in 2014 this evening.
They do face an Arsenal side unbeaten in four matches though and the hosts today have conceded just one goal since suffering a 6-3 defeat away at Manchester City three weeks ago and despite Tottenham being unbeaten in four matches following a Capital One Cup loss at home to West Ham in Tim Sherwood’s first match they will find it tough to break down Arsenal’s fine defence that has seen them top of the league this season. As well as this Sherwood sets his team up to be an attacking side and I feel that Arsenal will get plenty of opportunities to find the net in this FA Cup third round match.
This, I believe, will give the hosts the advantage and I am going with GR88.com in favouring Arsenal to claim victory in this North London Derby clash at The Emirates this evening.
Back Arsenal to beat Tottenham in this FA Cup Third Round North London Derby @ 1.90 in the GR88 Sportsbook!