Spurs vs Arsenal – Final say for Mexicans in north London derby


It could come down to a tale of two Mexicans as Tottenham and Arsenal both look to their fringe players to seal their passage into the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

This is the third time in five seasons that the north London rivals will meet in the competition, with the two previous showdowns taking place at the semi-final stage over two legs.

Tottenham avoided defeat in their home legs in both seasons and won 5-1 at White Hart Lane in the most recent clash in 2008.

They are 11/10 to win inside the 90 minutes and the result could hinge on the strengths of the starting line-ups put out by Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger.

Both are likely to hand a few of their regular starters a rest, although Wenger has frequently used the competition in the past to ring the changes and give a large number of his talented youngsters a first-team start.

Carlos Vela is almost certain to start in attack for Arsenal and is 6/1 to open the scoring on what would be his first appearance in a north London derby., while he is 7/4 to find the net at any time in the 90 minutes.

Tottenham may also call upon their own Mexican as Giovani Dos Santos is pushing for a starting berth and can be backed at 7/1 to break the deadlock.

Sandro is in line to make his Spurs debut in the game, while Redknapp must decide whether to play William Gallas against the club he left on a free transfer over the summer.

Arsenal have won five of the 11 meetings with Tottenham in the Carling Cup and are 7/4 to triumph this season.

Three goals or more have been scored in ten of the last 12 matches between the sides. See the complete Tottenham vs Arsenal match betting market.