The way the papers have been letting their feelings get the better of them this week with the Gareth Bale story, you’d have thought the royal baby had joined One Direction.
While they try and calm themselves down, however, and Senor “Hareth” Bale gets down to the serious business of deciding whether to travel “luxury sports” or “4×4” to his first day of work at Real Madrid, there are major taunting rights to be played for at the Emirates.
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The game is expected to be very much a clash of shopping styles, with Arsene “wartime” Wenger deciding to make do and mend, while Andre “You can’t take it with you” Villas-Boas has a lot of new names to remember after a vigorous sweep of the transfer market.
Spurs are a tempting 11/5 to record only their third ever Premier League win at Arsenal; tempting because a) they are unbeaten, b) they may be down a Bale but have restocked impressively and c) they will be hugely motivated to show they are not a one-man team.
Of even greater temptation is the 13/5 on the draw – a rare result since the 90s when stalemates were fashionable in this fixture.
The only derby draw at Arsenal since 1998 was the head-spinning 4-4 in 2008.
Also worth a long think is the 6/5 on there being under 2.5 goals. Everyone assumes that because this game has produced some mental results in recent years that history is going to repeat.
Seven of the last seven derbies at the Emirates have gone over 2.5 – indeed four of the last five have gone over 4.5 – but the rule of streaks says that all streaks must end some time. And this one – excellent streak that it is – has gone on far too long.
For the real George Graham nostalgics, the 0-0 is available at 14/1.