Premier League Picks: Tottenham vs. Arsenal

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 14, 2014 6:32 PM GMT

Another rousing rendition of the North London derby is upon us this Sunday, and we've come up with our favorite soccer picks for what should be a terrific Premier League match.

Odds Overview

Tottenham is at home inside White Hart Lane this weekend, but it's Arsenal that's favored to win. The Gunners are in and around +150 soccer odds to get the full three points, with Spurs trading at just above +200 and a draw listed at +250 or so.

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Tottenham

Something is very wrong with Spurs right now. Tim Sherwood publicly called out his players and Sandro was at the heart of a players-only meeting that lasted for only two hours, yet neither act seemed to make any positive impact on the team's performances.

Five days after getting dismantled in a 4-0 away loss to Chelsea, Tottenham fell flat on their face once again in Thursday's Europa League encounter with Benfica.

In the first leg against a formidable Portuguese foe, at home at White Hart Lane, Spurs never looked comfortable and would go on to lose 3-1. Christian Eriksen scored the lone goal for Tottenham, who now have a huge mountain to climb ahead of the second leg away from home.

Moving on to this weekend, Tottenham face a crucial Premier League test against Arsenal, with their top four hopes on the line. Spurs is six points back of Manchester City, but the Citizens have three matches in hand.

White Hart Lane hasn't exactly been a fortress for Tottenham this season, as we saw against Benfica. In the league, Spurs have been good for seven wins, three draws, and four losses, but they've given up more goals (18) than they've scored (16).

Arsenal

Not long after a comprehensive 4-1 win over Everton which saw them advance to the semi-finals of the F.A. Cup, the Gunners gave it their all to try and overturn a massive hole in their Champions League clash with holders Bayern Munich.

Arsenal stood up tall and generated chances here and there, but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw, meaning they lost 3-1 on aggregate. Lukas Podolski was the goalscorer for Arsene Wenger's men.

Now out of Europe, more attention can be placed on performing in the league, with the Gunners currently tied on points alongside Liverpool.

However, there are two crucial injuries for Wenger, as Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have both been ruled out for Sunday's match in London. Ozil picked up a hamstring injury in the draw against Bayern, while Ramsey has had a slight delay in his rehab and will not be able to feature.

You may remember Jack Wilshere is also out through injury, leaving Arsenal incredibly short on playmaking midfielders. That being said, there's a chance new signing Kim Kallstrom could return form a back injury and be involved in the squad this weekend.

Premier League Pick

It's going to be really tough for Arsenal without two of their best playmakers in Ozil and Ramsey. Between them the pair has 12 goals and 14 assists in league play.

However, there's a reason the Gunners are favored in this soccer betting situation. They still have more than enough quality out here, including the likes of Giroud, Wilshere, Cazorla and Podolski, and they should cause problems to Tottenham's shaky back-line.

Neither side really stands out as excellent value with our soccer picks for Sunday, so at the end of the day we feel a draw is quite likely between these London rivals.

Pick: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1

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