Arsenal - Tottenham Betting Preview: Back Giroud to have final say in the derby

Neither of the north London rivals have been in great form but the improved displays of the French strike mean Adam Bate is backing the Gunners to sink Spurs late on at the weekend
The north London rivals remain next to each other in the table but the battle for supremacy has a twist this year as both teams lie outside the top six of the Premier League.

Tottenham have lost three of their last four games and home advantage for Arsenal makes them favourites to leapfrog Andre Villas-Boas' men in the table.

Arsenal are an industry-best 19/20 (1.95) with Paddy Power to pick up three points and inflict a damaging defeat on their rivals.

Not that all has been rosy for Arsene Wenger’s side of late. After an encouraging start to the campaign, the Gunners have won just one of their last seven games inside the 90 minutes.

And Spurs have shown they can trouble the big boys away from home - their victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford a prime example, and a spirited effort at Manchester City last weekend almost got them more away points on the board.

Tottenham are 3/1 (4.00) underdogs with Paddy Power to win here. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.40).

In the goalscorer markets, Jermain Defoe will be itching for a game after being omitted from the starting line-up at the Etihad Stadium despite netting a hat-trick in the Europa League last week.

Defoe is priced at 8/1 (9.00) with Paddy Power to score the first goal of the game.

But the smart money might be on Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal forward has shown signs of coming good and his confidence is improving all the time having scored four in his last four games.

The Gunners have scored six without reply in the last 15 minutes of Premier League games this season, while Spurs have conceded six and scored just once in the final quarter.

As a result, backing a Gunner as last goalscorer is the way to go. That man was Giroud last weekend and he is an industry-best price of 6/1 (7.00) with Paddy Power to have the final say here

That is the value bet, but for the pick of the action it is important to look at the goals market in general. Both teams to score is available at 8/15 (1.53).

That is tempting given that Tottenham have scored in all nine away games this season. But all of those away games have also seen over 2.5 goals too and there’s a better price for that market.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power and with Arsenal’s last four matches yielding 25 goals it looks a great bet in this one.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power
Giroud last goalscorer at 6/1 (7.00) with Paddy Power

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on