Premier League leaders Arsenal host third-placed Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates Stadium today in a North London Derby between two bitter rivals in red-hot form. Last season, bragging rights were equally split between the Gunners and Spurs when the traditional adversaries recorded one victory each, but which side will draw first blood in the capital this term?
Below, you can find a selection of stats for today’s game bursting with info on corners, cards, shots, shots on target, assists and more, all of which should come in useful when putting together your North London Derby bet builders. Also check out my Stats Pack Guide on how to make the best use of it.
Arsenal’s team has been settled in the opening exchanges of the new Premier League campaign, so expect to see plenty of familiar faces in Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
There is an issue at left-back however, where both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney are doubtful. If neither defender recovers in time, Takehiro Tomiyasu can cover the position.
Keeper Hugo Lloris is a slight doubt having picked up an injury while on international duty for France, though he should be fit enough to feature. Heung-min Son notched a hattrick from the bench against Leicester before the international break and he should return to the XI here.
Tottenham are undefeated this season in the Premier League and Antonio Conte will put his trust in his favoured 3-4-3 formation again today.
While their defeat to Manchester United marred things a little, Arsenal’s underlying stats for the season still make for encouraging reading. The Gunners’ goals for per 90 figure (2.45) is the division’s third-highest, while they also register well for both shots (16.7) and shots on target for (5.86) per 90 minutes.
Tottenham have collected a point less than Arsenal this season, though they have scored one more goal than their rivals and they best the Gunners for both shots on target for (6.43 p/90) and corners won (6.29 p/90).
Defensively their standards haven’t been quite as lofty as Arsenal’s however, and Spurs xG against (1.27 per 90) and shots on target against (3.14 p/90) figures are both higher than the Gunners’.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
Arsenal’s front four have come out all-guns blazing this season and Gabriel Jesus (3.45 shots p/90), Gabriel Martinelli (3.15), Martin Odegaard (2.37) and Bukayo Saka (2.48) have been posting numbers that marry well with their excellent early form. Jesus ranks best for accuracy (1.48 SOT p/90).
Centre-half Gabriel Magalhães (1.29 shots per 90) has also been a more than useful weapon in the box from set piece deliveries.
Heung-min Son broke his duck for the campaign in spectacular style with a hattrick against Leicester, though the attacker’s stats show he’s been a threat all season without getting the rewards (2.07 shots on target, 3.63 shots p/90).
Harry Kane’s position near the top of Spurs’ most potent forces in the final third (3.50 shots per 90) won’t come as a surprise to anyone, though summer signing Richarlison is also starting to make waves in that department (2.75 shots p/90).
Player Goals and Assists
Impactful summer purchase Gabriel Jesus scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Brentford before the international break. Bukayo Saka laid on two assists against the Bees taking his tally to four since August.
Granit Xhaka (3 assists) has been unusually creative from deep and while Gabriel Martinelli is the club’s joint-second highest scorer, the Brazilian has only managed to notch just once in his last five Premier League matches.
Spurs’ leading marksman Harry Kane has scored in five of his last six Premier League appearances and the England star hit a brace when Tottenham and Arsenal last faced off in May.
Heung-min Son’s treble against Leicester immediately catapulted him up to second place in Tottenham’s list of top scorers. Dejan Kulusevski seems to have fallen out of favour slightly, though the Swedish winger nabbed his third assist of the season against Leicester.
Gabriel Jesus has been a nuisance for several reasons this season and out of possession, the Brazilian has been putting the squeeze on defenders. Jesus has committed 2.35 fouls per 90 and has been booked three times for his various challenges on opponents.
French defender William Saliba is enjoying a breakout season for the Gunners, though he has a cynical side to his character at times and the 21-year-old has been carded twice. Ben White has also picked up two bookings at right back.
Richarlison’s abrasive style has been drawing plenty of attention from frustrated defenders this season (fouled 2.40 times p/90). The attacker’s compatriot Emerson (1.59) could have his darts forward checked by another Brazilian, Gabriel Jesus, today when the latter joins the fight defensively.
Harry Kane, who has been fouled 2.61 times per 90 minutes since the summer, will look to bully inexperienced defender William Saliba, who could be tempted into some silly tackles.
Heung-min Son (1.55) meanwhile, can test Ben White with his acceleration and runs from out to in. For those seeking an alternative choice, Martin Odegaard could meet your needs. The Norwegian was booked in both North London Derbies last season.
Match-Ups to watch
Gabriel Jesus vs Pierre-Emile Hojberg
William Saliba vs Harry Kane
Ben White vs Heung-min Son
Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentancur (1.72 fouls per 90) blends technique with tenacity in midfield and the ex-Juve schemer has been carded twice for his indiscretions.
Harry Kane (2 cards) likes to fight fire with fire and isn’t afraid to mix it physically, while veteran wing-back Ivan Perisic (2 cards, 1.62 fouls p/90) is an avid Antonio Conte disciple and won’t let his man pass easily.
Gabriel Jesus has been fouled more often per 90 minutes (3.24) than any of his Gunners’ teammates this term and the striker’s skirmish with Tottenham’s Cristian Romero (1 card) should make for interesting viewing, especially when you consider the natural animosity likely to exist between the Brazilian and Argentinean internationals.
Bukayo Saka’s (2.06) pace should trouble Ivan Perisic if the two are deployed in direct opposition on the flank.
Match-Ups to watch
Cristian Romero vs Gabriel Jesus
Rodrigo Bentancur vs Thomas Partey
Ivan Perisic vs Bukayo Saka
My Arsenal vs Tottenham Bet Builder
Here’s what I’ve gone for using the stats pack:
Arsenal vs Tottenham
Goals scored: 2.45
Goals conceded: 1.00
Goals scored: 2.57
Goals conceded: 1.00
Corners taken: 6.00
Corners conceded: 4.14
Gabriel Magalhaes shots p/90: 1.29
Tottenham shots condeded p/90: 15.00