Soccer Picks: Tottenham vs. Arsenal

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:09 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 6:09 PM GMT

Who's ready for another cracking London derby? Tottenham and Arsenal square off at White Hart Lane this weekend and we've got our soccer pick ready for what should be a tremendous affair.


Odds Overview
 

Spurs are the favorites as you would expect, but the soccer odds are close. The hosts are trading at roughly 7/5 to get the three points. An Arsenal win is listed at 2/1, while a draw can be had at 13/5.

Goals were in order when these sides met up at the Emirates, with the Gunners racing out to a 5-2 win. Could we be in for another back-and-forth encounter on Sunday?

Tottenham

Again they saved it to the last minute and again it was Gareth Bale that scored the winner. But Spurs will gladly take it late rather than not at all.

In a fast-paced showdown with West Ham at Upton Park, Tottenham erased a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2. Gylfi Sigurdsson got the equalizer with 15 minutes remaining, before Bale scored another trademark goal in the dying seconds.

For those of you who follow, I had correclty predicted the Tottenham win, but we did see more goals scored than expected.

Bale has now scored six goals in his last four appearances and, with Jermain Defoe still struggling for fitness, the Welshman has been pretty much the sole reason Tottenham has held on to the third spot in the league table.

It's no time to get comfortable if you're Spurs though. They're just two points ahead of Chelsea and four up on Arsenal, so this meeting with the Gunners is about as crucial as it gets.

At White Hart Lane this term, Tottenham has seven wins, four draws and two losses. They've scored 20 goals while allowing 13.

Arsenal

There was similar drama in Arsenal's latest fixture. They needed a late Santi Cazorla goal to win 2-1 over Aston Villa at home.

It was Cazorla's second of the match and couldn't have come at a better time. The Gunners were dominant throughout, racking up 26 total chances and dominating possession, but they had difficulty beating Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Nonetheless, it was another win for Arsenal and that's all that matters in their quest for a top four spot.

The Gunners have now gone unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches. They've won four of those, including home wins over West Ham, Stoke City and Villa, a road victory over Sunderland, and then they settled for a draw with Liverpool at home.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping his boys can keep the streak going at White Hart Lane. Tottenham's defensive line looked shaky at best against West Ham, meaning Arsenal could easily take advantage with their more skilled attacking line.

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Premier League Pick

With the way Bale's been playing, it's quite difficult to go against his Spurs this Sunday, especially since they're at home.

Tottenham remembers their last match with Arsenal well. It was the most goals Spurs have allowed in Premier League play all season long.

We think Tottenham could very well return the favor, but the Gunners actually match up well with Spurs, as we saw in the middle of November, and they fully realize how important this fixture is to the cause. There's no shortage of talent for Arsenal going forward, with Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud all capable of getting on the scoresheet, and that means Spurs will have their hands full here.

As such, we'll be recommending adding the draw (13/5) to your soccer picks for this London derby. It may also be wise to make a wager on the OVER 2.5 goals, considering these ties always seem to have a considerable amount of fireworks.

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