With North London bragging rights up for grabs on Sunday afternoon, Arsenal will make the trip to an empty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what really is a must-win encounter for both sides.
Only picking up what many felt was a flattering point away at relegation scrappers Bournemouth in midweek, Spurs are a side still drastically struggling to find their feet either side of the enforced break.
On the flip side, while Arsenal might have had to settle for their own point amidst VAR controversy against Leicester earlier in the week, the Gunners are in the midst of a five-match unbeaten run across all competitions, winning four of those appearances.
In a battle between two sides who are still dreaming of a European finish, you might be interested to know that along with Spurs and Arsenal playing out a 2-2 draw earlier in the season, they have now played out back-to-back stalemates.
A similar outcome in Sunday’s North London derby can be found pencilled in at 5/2 with William Hill.
Eventually having to settle for a point away at bottom-three strugglers Bournemouth on Wednesday evening, Spurs will know that they were lucky to have left the Vitality with something to show.
Still sat a point behind their North London rivals and with it appearing that any chance of landing a European finish is off the table, Jose Mourinho’s side have now managed to win just a pair of their last 11 matches across all competitions.
Not even mustering a single shot on target against the Cherries in midweek, a Michael Keane own goal in a scrappy 1-0 win against Everton last weekend is the only time Spurs have found the net in back-to-back appearances.
In fact, Thursday’s trip to the Vitality was the first time a side managed by Jose Mourinho failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League fixture since April 2007 during his first spell with Chelsea.
With attacking talisman Harry Kane failing to even get a touch in Bournemouth’s box, Spurs have now failed to bag more than a single strike in just one of their last seven matches across all formats.
You might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found priced at 8/13 with Coral to once again bag under 1.5 goals in this weekend’s derby.
Aubameyang’s Golden Boot chase
While Mikel Arteta’s side might have been disappointed to have only picked up a point against Leicester in midweek amidst more VAR controversy, the mood in Arsenal’s camp should be at a high.
Still inching ahead of their bitter rivals and with a European finish at the top of their agenda, the Gunners still have an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on the horizon.
Once again finding the net against the Foxes earlier in the week, there is no doubt that Arteta will be hugely excited by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s latest purple patch.
With 23 goals across all competitions this season, the Gabon ace has now bagged three Premier League strikes in as many top-flight appearances.
In fact, Aubameyang is just the second Arsenal player to score 20+ Premier League goals in consecutive seasons, after Thierry Henry (five in a row between 2001-02 and 2005-06).
Along with being priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally in Sunday’s derby, you might be interested to know that the Gunners’ MVP can be found pencilled in at 4/1 with Betfair to lift the Golden Boot this season.
Elsewhere, shown a controversial red card against the Foxes earlier in the week, young striker Eddie Nketiah will start a three-match suspension this weekend.