In perhaps the most keenly-contested local derby the Premier League has to offer, Tottenham v Arsenal is a fixture that gets everyone’s pulses racing – even for football fans outside of the capital.

Saturday 7th February 2015, 12.45

White Hart Lane

The battle for the unofficial title of Pride of North London takes centre stage in the calendars of these two sides, and this contest on Saturday lunchtime (February 7th) will have added spice due to the proximity of the two in the league table. Both are nibbling away at the tails of the teams currently occupying the Champions League places, and a win here would add serious momentum to their assault on European qualification.

So where is the best value to be had when studying the Tottenham v Arsenal match odds?

In truth, the form guide gives little away. Both have been impressive of late, and have seemingly eliminated the defensive mishaps that plagued their early season form. In Harry Kane and Santi Cazorla they can boast two of the hottest players in the country right now – with plenty of supporting artists waiting in the wings to take centre stage.

If we take a look at the history of Spurs v Arsenal fixtures then maybe we can get some idea of how this one will go – if you believe in the precedential school of sports betting anyway. In 179 meetings between the pair, Arsenal have won 77 (42%), with Spurs triumphing in 54 (30%) and 48 stalemates (28%).

And since the inception of the Premier League in the 1992/93 season, the Gunners have dominating; winning 18 out of 44 (41%), with Spurs only managing to gain the bragging rights on 8 occasions (18%). Perhaps most pertinently, in the history of the Premier League the men from the red half of North London have finished above Tottenham in the table 19 times out of 21.

Advantage Arsenal, then.

Are there any other Tottenham v Arsenal betting odds to consider?

Yes – history throws up this fantastic stat: in the history of all Premier League fixtures, it is Tottenham v Arsenal encounters that have recorded the most goals – a whopping 126 in those 44 matches. That’s an average of three per game! That Both Teams To Score punt looks ever more tempting….

Quick trivia question: who do you think is the record goalscorer in Spurs v Arsenal games?

It’s none other than Emmanuel Adebayor, with ten goals. He doesn’t get much of a look in at White Hart Lane these days of course, but should he find himself on the bench or –unlikely as it seems – in the starting XI, he’s a decent bet to score anytime. These fixtures are there for headlines to be written….

Ever since the year 1887, when the first game between these two sides had to be happened as ‘it was getting too dark’, the rivalry has been hostile at best and dangerous at its worst. Indeed, one such match in 1922 was so brutal that the FA gave both teams a stern warning, and threatened that any further games between the two might have to be played behind closed doors.

So expect the decibel levels to be higher in White Hart Lane than at any other time this season, expect the players to be more determined and expect there to be plenty of over-zealous tackling and thus cards. Can’t wait!

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