The north London derby takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon when title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur welcome Arsenal to White Hart Lane.
This looks certain to be a captivating contest, with Spurs are unbeaten on home soil in domestic competition this season - a run of results that now extends to 21 matches.
Furthermore, Mauricio Pochettino's team shrugged off the disappointment of defeat in the FA Cup semi-finals against Chelsea to claim a nerve-shredding 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night. The triumph against the Eagles was a historically significant one, for it was Spurs' eighth successive Premier League win.
The team from north London have achieved that feat only twice before in their history - and Spurs supporters will be keen to point out that on both previous occasions, Tottenham went on to clinch the title. In the context of the current campaign, Christian Eriksen's stunning strike reduced Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to just four points with five matches remaining.
Maintaining momentum, then, is the objective for Spurs on Sunday and the home side can be backed at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power to pick up three precious points against the Gunners - as if further incentive was required, Spurs will be assured of finishing above Arsenal in the Premier League for the first time in 22 years with a win in this one.
Paddy Power offer 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in stalemate - a selection that would have seen punters profit from each of the last three renewals of this rivalry.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have not had their troubles to seek in recent months, but the Gunners will come into this clash in good spirits; the 2-1 win against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals last weekend means that Wenger's charges will contest their 20th FA Cup final next month - the first team to reach that milestone - while Arsenal's push for a place in the top four was bolstered by a narrow 1-0 win against Leicester City in north London on Wednesday night.
Arsenal, too, boast an impressive record in this fixture in recent years, for they have lost just one of their last nine matches against Spurs. Wenger's men, winners in their last two Premier League games, can be backed at 13/5 (3.60) to derail Spurs' title challenge by becoming the first visiting team to win at White Hart Lane this season.
The Gunners have a poor recent record on the road though, winning just two of their last seven away matches in all competitions and one of those victories came against non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup fifth round - Wenger will be acutely aware that his side must find form on their travels if they are to stand any realistic chance of Champions League qualification.
As well as Premier League points, local pride and bragging rights are, of course, at stake in what promises to be a passionate clash. Both managers have an abundance of talent at their disposal and there is plenty of potential for an entertaining encounter between two teams with so much to play for.
Each of the previous six meetings between these teams has seen goals scored at both ends and Paddy Power go just 1/2 (1.50) that the trend continues in this clash. Furthermore, more than two goals have been scored in all but one of the last nine renewals of this rivalry at White Hart Lane - the 8/13 (1.62) quote for more than two goals to be scored when these teams lock horns certainly carries appeal.
Tottenham have been in scintillating form at White Hart Lane, scoring 23 goals in their last six home games and the goals may well flow again when Wenger's men make the trip across north London.
Paddy Power offer a juicy 6/4 (2.50) that more than three goals are scored in this match; that particular play would have landed in six of Spurs' last seven home fixtures in all competitions and backing the trend to continue could provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Sunday's showdown.
|Over 3.5 goals at 6/4 (2.50) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|