Premier League: Derby Time Allows for Renewed Acquaintances

Chelsea vs Fulham

It will be Friends Reunited at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A lunchtime Premier League meeting which brings two fondly remembered favourites – one a player, the other a manager – back to the ground where they made their names in English football.

Many us fans have a soft spot for Claudio Ranieri, and he and Andre Schurrle should certainly expect a warm welcome.

Talking Points

It is Ranieri’s return to a club he managed for almost four years (2000-04) which provides the main talking point.

His recent unexpected return to English football has been one of the Premier League 2018 highlights so far.

After his lively Chelsea tenure (which coincided with the arrival of Roman Abramovich) and his Leicester City fairytale, the popular Italian is back in the top flight and is raring to go.

He made a winning start last weekend as he guided his new side to victory in his first match in charge.

The Cottagers remain rock bottom, but hope springs eternal that he can guide them to safety after taking over from Slavisa Jokanovic (ironically, a Chelsea player during Ranieri’s reign).

As he seeks an unlikely success on his old stomping grounds (Fulham have taken just one point from 21 on the road so far this term), so does Schurrle whose time in West London – on the blue half – was far shorter.

The Germany international spent just 18 months with Chelsea between 2013 and 2015, struggling to hold down a place in the starting XI and making just 20 Premier League starts in total.

Yet he played a role and scored some important goals while he was there, and now he has a point to prove at Fulham, where he is fast becoming a mainstay.

Fulham may not have beaten their neighbours for 12 years, but they will make the short trip in better spirits after that victory over Southampton ended a run of seven straight defeats in all competitions.

Maurizio Sarri’s men come into this one fresh from easing to a Europa League win over PAOK but also after suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season.

They were well beaten at Wembley by Tottenham a week ago and were held in their top-flight match immediately before that, so they will be keen to get back to winning ways in the EPL.

There’s no doubt, however, in third versus bottom, that they come into this with a definite edge.


This is the first meeting between the two London neighbours for almost five years.

When they last met in the 2013-14 season, Jose Mourinho’s men secured a league double.

They won 2-0 at home, courtesy of goals from Oscar and John Obi Mikel, before winning 3-1 at Craven Cottage six months later.

Andre Schurrle misses a chance to score against Manchester City

Fulham’s Andre Schurrle misses a chance to score against Manchester City

The scorer of a Chelsea hat-trick that day? A certain German by the name of Andre Schurrle.

Of their 83 meetings, Chelsea have the upper hand with 46 victories compared to 11 Fulham successes and 26 draws.

Fulham’s last win over Chelsea came in March 2006 when Luis Boa Morte’s goal gave them a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea are unbeaten the last 16 times they have faced Fulham in the league and have lost only one of their 26 Premier League matches against the Cottagers (won 15, drawn 10).

Betting Tip

Chelsea vs Fulham Total Goal 2-3 @ 2.39
December 2,2018 20:00 (GMT+8)

While the Premier League 2018 betting odds have Chelsea as clear favourites against the neighbours from down the road in SW6, there are a number of appealing bets for both sides.

You wouldn’t believe it at first.

Look at the 1X2 odds and the sides are poles apart.

Chelsea are priced @ 1.19 with the draw @ 6.20, and Fulham rank outsiders @ 14.50.

Asian Handicap odds fully back the blues in a variety of ways: -2.00 @ 1.85, – 2.25 @ 2.12 and -2.50 @ 2.33.

In contrast, Fulham are +2.00 @ 2.08, + 2.25 @ 1.82 and + 2.50 @ 1.68.

When you look at all this, you can see why Ranieri this week said it will take him all year to sort out the defensive issues at his new employers.

Especially when you realise that Fulham are without a clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games, conceding at least twice in 15 of those.

No surprise then that goals are expected with over 3.75 goals only offering odds of @ 2.20.

A routine 2-0 home win will give you a correct score pay out of @ 7.00, yet would you bet against Schurrle or Aleksandar Mitrovic (seven Premier League goals so far for a struggling side) sneaking a goal against the home rearguard.

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Premier League: Arsenal and Spurs Clash is Bigger than Ever

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

When was the last time the North London derby was too close to call? I’d say pre-Premier League, and so this Sunday’s game is massive for both teams.

Spurs have looked the better title prospect over the past couple of seasons, and their players will still be kicking themselves for losing the league to Leicester City in 2016. Prior to that, it was all Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles ruled North London for the better part of two decades.

But Premier League Arsenal vs Spurs is a very different prospect now. They will leapfrog their rivals into a Champions League place should Unai Emery’s team win on Sunday, and that means more than just bragging rights. Whether we’ll see a power shift again is too early to say, but whichever team wins will be setting down a big marker.

Talking Points

Pierre has well and truly arrived at the Emirates

It’s all looking quite promising at the Emirates at the moment:  the young Gunners have performed well in the Europa League to top Group E as well as making steady progress in the Premier League. Emery got off to a tricky start as Arsenal boss, losing to Manchester City and Chelsea on the opening two weekends. But his team showed its mettle, earning a draw with high-flying Liverpool.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang desire to lead Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang challenges Sporting’s Jeremy Mathieu in Europa League

But more than anything, the us Premier League 2018 pundits and fans have all noticed the rise and rise of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang. He’s currently the joint top scorer in the league, alongside Sergio Aguero, on eight goals. Strike partner Alexandre Lacazette has scored five goals as confidence has coursed through the Emirates since the arrival of Emery. But the partnership which could unlock the Spurs defence is that of Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The two were simply devastating together at Dortmund, and Mkhitaryan seems to have found his natural Premier League home at Arsenal after a difficult spell at Manchester United.

Can Pochettino outwit Emery?

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has crossed swords with Emery recently when Spurs lost to PSG in an International Champions Cup tie last year. But the two highly rated managers cut their teeth in La Liga where Emery’s Valencia played Pochettino’s Espanyol seven times between 2009 and 2012; and it was Emery who had the upper hand, winning four and drawing one while Pochettino triumphed in the first and last meetings.

Poch has more experience of the Premier League, arriving and impressing at Southampton in 2013, and he’s now in his fifth season with Spurs. He still insists he is not under pressure to win silverware, but I’d beg to differ. With the talent he’s had at his disposal, surely he must win something soon. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are among the very best players in the league, and in World Cup winner Hugo Lloris they have an outstanding keeper. Young midfield star Harry Winks said the late winner against Inter in the midweek Champions League game was just the lift Spurs needed to prepare for this big North London clash. And the victory over Chelsea last weekend was by far Spurs’ best performance of the season; there are signs that this highly skilled team is gathering momentum again.

The Lilywhites have more points after 13 games than they did last season but they need to be ruthless.


Both teams come into the game in superb forms: Arsenal with an unbeaten run of 18 games while Spurs have won five in five in November.

The Gunners haven’t lost in any of their ten home matches this season, while Spurs have won seven of their eight on the road.

Arsenal won this fixture 2-0 last season and the Gunners have had the better of Arsenal vs Spurs results throughout the Premier League era, with 23 wins, 23 draws and 11 defeats to their North London rivals.

Betting Tip

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Draw no Bet @ 1.94
December 2, 22:05(GMT+8)

This is a really close match to call, and the Arsenal vs Spurs betting odds are on a knife-edge with the Gunners at 2.57 to win with Spurs available at 2.65. The draw at 3.30 may well seem the most likely result and will be a popular one for fence-sitters!

Both have participated in eight games with over 2.50 goals so we should see an entertaining game, but I think home advantage may just play into Arsenal’s hands. They have not lost this derby on home soil in the last eight encounters, and I’m backing that to become nine.

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Serie A Preview: Two Italian Giants Battle for Champions League Places

AS Roma vs Inter Milan

It wouldn’t be wrong for a casual football fan to assume that the Serie A is nothing but an avenue for Juventus to show off the difference between them and the rest of the chasing pack at the Italian top flight. However, you would be mistaken if you think there aren’t any more interesting matches that are worthy of your attention and money.

The coming weekend duel between Roma and Inter Milan will surely provide some fantastic Serie A 2018 highlights to fans who will decide to watch this duel. These two juggernauts have always threatened to steal the throne from Juve and have the players to possibly challenge for the throne.

While the league’s current landscape point to that possibility being far from achievable, we can at least count to see some great football from these two sides.

Talking Points

The Romans roar to retake their place

Roma have struggled to get things going at the start of the season as they are currently just outside the top six places of the Serie A table. While there is still plenty of time for I Giallorossi to reestablish their position and reclaim one of the Champions League spots, Eusebio Di Francesco is surely not happy with the way his club’s season has started.

Roma suffered four defeats and four draws, robbing the club based in the Italian capital of points that could have seen them rank higher. One of those regrettable results was the Derby del Sole wherein they somehow managed to contain a strong Napoli team into only scoring a single goal against them.

However, they cannot keep playing defensively if they want to win against Inter and climb back to the top of the table. They need their players to step up and show up when they play Inter at the Stadio Olimpico.

Edin Dzeko and Stephan El Shaarawy have been two of the side’s most important players moving forward, but both are set to miss this important clash due to injuries: both men are recovering from damage on their flexor muscles.

With two of their star attackers out of the fold, it will be up to men like Aleksandar Kolarov, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Javier Pastore to set up the Giallorossi for success.

The question now is to whether they can withstand a strong Inter team without their star attackers.

Inter seek to chase the top

While Roma are looking to get back to the Champions League places, Inter Milan are looking farther ahead when it comes to their aspirations. It does seem like chasing Juventus is a shot in the dark, but they are definitely in the running to at least mount a challenge to the defending champions.

The Nerazzurri have been fighting on two fronts and have been faring well in both of them. While Christian Eriksen stole their thunder in their latest Champions League tie, they are still in the running to make it to the knockout stages.

Mauro Icardi will be a vital part of Inter Milan’s offence against AS Roma in Serie A

Mauro Icardi fights for the ball during their match against Tottenham in Champions League

Domestically, they are still in top form as they have won nine of their 13 Serie A games. With Mauro Icardi scoring freely for Inter, they easily outplayed opposition such as Lazio. Moreover, his support is outstanding talents such as Ivan Perisic, Stefan de Vrij and Matteo Politano.

Another boon for the guests is the superb bill of health they are enjoying. With almost all of their first-team players ready to play, there’s no reason for Inter Milan to falter here of all places. The only thing that would stop them from getting the three points is themselves.


There should be little to no questions as to which side is considered the bigger favourites ahead of this match.

The Stadio Olimpico has been somewhat of a reliable fortress for Roma, getting points for almost all of the home games they have played in the Serie A. However, their 0-2 loss to SPAL in October is a big indicator of the inconsistencies they have been exposed to all season. In fact, they’ve only won one of their last five matches in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Inter have had a stable run in the league, improving their Serie A 2018 odds by leaps and bounds. While they lost embarrassingly to Atalanta, they cruised through four of their last five games.

When it comes to the head-to-head, Inter have the slight lead with their 28 wins over Roma’s 20. This same fixture last year saw Roma lose to Inter, 1-3.

Betting Tip

AS Roma vs Inter Milan Inter Milan, Asian Handicap -0.25 @ 2.25
December 3, 2018 3:30 (GMT+8)

The romantic in me would like to see Roma crush Inter Milan and claw their way back to the top four. After all, they gave many neutral fans a Champions League tournament to remember last year when they knocked out Barcelona in the most dramatic fashion.

However, I don’t think they can make up for the absences of Dzeko and El Shaarawy. The lack of scoring is evident in this iteration of Roma. I don’t think they have the firepower to match a player of Icardi’s quality.

If you’re interested in other markets, us has got plenty of interesting odds.  2-3 Total Goals is available at 1.98. A repeat of last year’s result is at 21.00, while Over 2.75 Goals is at 2.00.

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Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Friendly Derby…Really?

Liverpool vs Everton

Everything on Merseyside will stop at 4:15 pm local time on Sunday. It’s here again… Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: The Mersey Derby, and we love it!

It’s one of the big fixtures in the North West sporting calendar and watched by millions worldwide. It’s also known as the ‘Friendly Derby’, but someone forgot to tell the players! No other Premier League fixture has produced more red cards as these two old rivals have battled it out, with tempers flaring at times.

Chris Kavanagh is the man in the middle on Sunday; at what price will he get his red card out?

Thankfully, all the blood and thunder tends to stay on the pitch when Liverpool face Everton because the two teams’ fans walk side by side and work together. Families are often divided between red and blue loyalties. Liverpool fans prefer to preserve their hostility for that lot up the East Lancs Road, Manchester United; meanwhile, Everton seem to be able to get on with everybody.

This is a particularly big game. While Liverpool are as short as 1.40 with us, the draw at 4.30 and Everton way out there at 8.25, the Toffees think they have a real chance to upset the natural order on Merseyside.

It’s all bubbling up to be a belter of a derby, so make sure you keep up with the Liverpool vs Everton updates and odds right here at us.

Talking Points

Can Liverpool bounce back again?

Jurgen Klopp is still smarting from the Reds’ latest away defeat in the Champions League, accusing PSG players of unsporting behaviour and making his players ‘look like butchers’ during the French team’s 2-1 win on Wednesday. The Reds have had real trouble on the road in Europe, losing to Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and now PSG. But they dusted themselves off after losing to the first two to draw with Manchester City and beat Fulham.

They have the firepower to bounce back against Everton. Mo Salah is up there with the Premier League top scorers again: he’s on seven and is just a single goal behind leaders Sergio Aguero and Pierre Emerick-Aubamayang. Sadio Mane has six, and both will pose the Toffees’ defence plenty of problems.

The Reds have to cope up in Premier League Liverpool vs Everton in the absence of Jordan Henderson

Liverpool Jordan Henderson leaves the pitch after getting a red card

Klopp’s midfield will need to be well-organised to thwart any Everton attack while giving their own forward players the space and supply they need to score. And they’ll have to do it without influential skipper Jordan Henderson who is suspended, having picked up two yellow cards in the recent 3-0 win over Watford, so the middle of the park will be a crucial battleground.

Are Everton ready to join the Big Six?

Premier League Liverpool vs Everton: Winning the Merseyside Derby will be a huge accomplishment for Marco Silva

Marco Silva in the touchline before the match

The Toffees have got nicely into their stride in the Premier League and have shown how they can frustrate an elite team, drawing at Stamford Bridge against a powerful Chelsea side. And the Liverpool boss says Everton are rapidly growing into a Champions League quality side under the guidance of Marco Silva.

The return of Seamus Coleman after such a long layoff has made the Toffees stronger at the back, as has the return to form of centre-half Michael Keane.

Attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson finally seems to be realising his potential at Everton after Swansea in the Premier League single-handedly for a couple of seasons. He has six goals, as has striker Richarlison. The 21-year-old looks far more accomplished as a striker than last season at Watford.


Liverpool won 23 of the Mersey derbies since 1993, with 22 draws and nine won by the Toffees. Both were drawn last season and were low-scoring affairs at 0-0 and 1-1.

Everton have a huge task to break a long sequence of Red dominance. Everton’s last derby win was in 2010, and Liverpool haven’t lost one of these fixtures at home in 20 matches, the last Everton triumph coming way back in 1999.

Klopp’s side is still unbeaten in the Premier League with 10 wins and three draws. they sit just two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Betting Tip

Liverpool vs Everton 2-3 Total Goal @ 2.07
December 3, 2018 12:15 (GMT+8)

Despite the Toffees’ impressive improvement this season, the Liverpool vs Everton betting odds are stacked in favour of a home win, so I think the value is in a bet on the number of goals. It’s hard to see Everton stopping the Reds for 90-plus minutes, and I can’t equally see Liverpool having it all their own way.

I certainly wouldn’t be shocked by a draw, but a 2-1 or 2-0 home win is more likely.

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Forthcoming challenges excite Emery

Head coach Unai Emery says he’s relishing facing off against Tottenham and Manchester United in Arsenal's next two matches.

The Spaniard is currently gearing up for his first taste of the north London derby on Sunday when Spurs visit the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are 23/20 to come out on top against Tottenham, who are 12/5 for the win, while the draw is 9/4.

Win, lose or draw, Emery and co will not have long to dwell on the outcome as they then head to Old Trafford on Wednesday for another huge encounter.

Arsenal opened the season by losing to two of their nearest rivals in Chelsea and Manchester City but have since gone 18 matches unbeaten, most recently getting the better of Vorskla Poltava 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Having already qualified for the knockout stages ahead of that game, Emery was able to rest several of his first-team regulars for the clash in Ukraine in order to keep them fresh for their next two matches.

Having guide Arsenal through the month of November unbeaten for the first time since 2005, Emery's next job is to get the better of two sides the Londoners struggled against towards the end of Arsene Wenger's tenure as manager.

Emery says he'll be approaching both games with gusto, starting with Sunday's derby encounter.

“They are two matches that will give us the chances in the table,” he told the Arsenal website. “How will we respond against them? For me it’s a very exciting moment as well because I am looking forward to arriving in the big matches.

“For me, it’s a big experience and a big moment. In the title race, I think we are close to the position we want, and Sunday is a good chance for us to continue that.

“Each match for me is very special. The derby is perhaps more special because my responsibility is bigger because of every supporter. Also we need three points in the league because we want to be closer to the other teams, like Tottenham, and we have this challenge."

Arsenal are 13/8 to finish in the top four this season.

Benitez keeping Newcastle grounded

Rafael Benitez says Newcastle have done "nothing" this season as he looks to guard against complacency after three successive wins.

The Toon failed to win any of their first 10 Premier League matches but have exploded into life recently by taking maximum points from their last three matches.

Wins over Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley have lifted the north-east outfit to 13th in the table and they are now 12/1 to finish the campaign in the top half of the standings.

Next up is the visit of West Ham United to St James' Park on Saturday with the two sides now level on points after Newcastle's recent good run.

The Magpies have a good recent record against the Hammers, winning four of the last five encounters, but Benitez is refusing to get carried away after just three wins, claiming there is still a long way to go.

He said: "It is always important to win. But when you win games in a row it is even better.

"We need to keep going and I told the players that we have done nothing yet. It is a very long league and you need to keep winning games.

"I said last year 40 points [we need], this year maybe 36 but it is still a long race."

Newcastle will again be without Paul Dummett for Saturday's game due to a muscle problem but skipper Jamaal Lascelles and forward Yoshinori Muto could make their returns.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic has been passed fit for West Ham after a hip issue, while Andy Carroll could feature against his old club after being passed fit.

The Hammers are 2/1 to pick up all three points, while Newcastle are 31/20 to make it four wins in a row. The draw is 23/10.

Silva’s Everton impress Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned his players they are coming up against the best Everton side he's encounter since his appointment in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The Reds have enjoyed bragging rights over their city rivals in recent times, Everton's last win in the fixture coming back in 2010.

The Toffees last triumph at Anfield is even further back in the record books, Kevin Campbell's goal proving to be the winner when the sides met in 1999 in the red half of Liverpool.

Throw into the mix that Liverpool have yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, and it looks a tall order for Everton.

However, Klopp, who has won four of his six derby matches since taking charge, believes this year's Everton team could provide a serious test to his team.

Marco Silva took charge in the summer and the Toffees' form has slowly improved, losing just one of their last seven matches in the Premier League, conceding just four times during that run.

Klopp says he's been very impressed by Liverpool's rivals under Silva and expects a strong performance from Sunday's visitors to Anfield.

"Since I've been here Everton has always been really busy but now it is the best-tuned squad, 100 per cent.

"Now they have creativity, speed and good organisation. [Seamus] Coleman is back and fit, [Michael] Keane is settled and fit, he's been a brilliant player, and [Lucas] Digne is like a young Leighton Baines.

"And of course they have England's No 1 in goal. That is a proper squad and it would be in all leagues in Europe.

"I am 100 per cent sure they would be a European team in whichever competition, in England it is quite difficult.

"But their development and improvement is obvious."

Liverpool are 2/5 to bounce back from Wednesday's Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain with a win, while Everton are 8/1 and the draw is 4/1.

The Reds head into the weekend in second and are 4/1 to win the Premier League this season, while Everton are up to sixth and are 4/1 for a top-six finish.

Dyche refusing to panic

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says the respective winless runs of his team and Saturday's opponents Crystal Palace go to show how tough the Premier League can be.

The Clarets make the trip to the capital hoping to end a run of six matches without a win having been beaten at home by Newcastle on Monday evening.

They will be facing a Palace side who are winless from their last seven matches, leaving both of the sides one point outside the relegation zone.

Burnley are 8/11 to be relegated this season, while Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are 6/1.

This time last season, Burnley were riding high on their way to a seventh-place finish and a spot in the Europa League.

This term has been much tougher for Dyche's side and he believes that goes to show how difficult it can be in the English top flight, claiming the position of his team and Crystal Palace does reflect the true quality of the two squads.

"They’ve got a team with some talent, they’ve got a team that can win games and yet, I think that’s a measure of the Premier League and how tough it is," said Dyche.

"Palace haven’t found that win, we haven’t found that win, and it’s tough. It’s life in the Premier League.

"I’m not saying it’s a good thing but I have the experience of these type of runs and the one thing I know is that good work on the training pitch and good belief systems put into the players will enhance your chances of winning, although it doesn’t guarantee it.

“It is the challenge of the Premier League and there for all to see. It’s never easy and we have to continually focus on ourselves and what we’re doing here.”

Burnley have been boosted by the news that both James Tarkowski and Ben Gibson could be fit to return after taking part in training this week.

Crystal Palace will be without Christian Benteke, Scott Dann and Connor Wickham for a game they are 4/7 to win, while Burnley are 6/1 and the draw is 3/1.

Burnley have won three of the last four meetings with the Eagles but lost on their last trip to Selhurst Park in January.

Pulis rules Gestede out

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has revealed that he will be without Rudy Gestede for the crunch Championship clash with Aston Villa.

However, Lewis Wing could feature in Saturday evening's encounter, which Boro are 23/20 to win.

Former Villa striker Gestede picked up a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Preston North End, while Wing left the field after complaining of dizziness.

"Rudy will be nowhere near fit for Saturday. We're still assessing Wingy (Lewis Wing) to see whether we can get him involved in this game or rest him for the following week.

"We'll make a decision on that or I'll speak to the medical people on that.

"He has trained with us but, with it being what it is, we've got to make sure the kid's health is in the forefront of our minds."

Boro are third in the table, five places and seven points better off than Villa, who were involved in an incredible 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Pulis' team are available at 13/8 to be promoted from the Championship this season, while Dean Smith's Villa are 4/1 to go up.

Villa have been in free-scoring mode recently as they beat Birmingham City 4-2 on Sunday. They can be backed at 14/5 to return to the Midlands with all three points from the Riverside Stadium clash.

Winks targets derby glory

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks believes Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal has come at the ideal time for Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Spurs have won their last six games in all competitions and followed up last weekend's superb 3-1 victory against Chelsea by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The victory against the Serie A side enhanced Spurs' hopes of reaching the last 16 of European club football's premier competition. They are 13/8 to do so.

Pochettino's side are third in the Premier League table after winning 1-0 of their 13 matches but Arsenal are also in great form and are unbeaten in their last 11 top-flight games.

"The form we are in right now, it is probably the perfect time to go there," said Winks.

"Of course they are beatable, but it is going to be another difficult game, so we have to be physically prepared for it."

Spurs have only won once at Arsenal since 1993 and that success came eight years ago when they came from two goals down to win 3-2 thanks to efforts by Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul.

Jan Vertonghen believes it is time Spurs improved their recent record at Arsenal, saying: "They look like a good and solid team. They look a different team to the last couple of years.

"It is going to be a big game. They've won many games in a row, they're confident, but the way we are playing gives a lot of confidence as well."

Spurs are 7/4 to win Sunday's game and 10/1 to edge it 2-1.