After their enthralling first meeting of the season in the Premier League just a few weeks ago, Arsenal and Tottenham face each other again in Carabao Cup. The match kicks off at 7:45pm local time at the Emirates stadium, as the winner will be rewarded with a place in the semi-finals.

Arsenal

Arsenal come into this match following their first defeat in 22 games, at the hands of relegation battlers Southampton. That defeat leaves Arsenal five points behind their North London rivals, Tottenham, in the Premier League. Unai Emery praised his opponent’s in their defeat, but he must be ruing his side’s defensive issues as Granit Xhaka played centre back against Southampton, alongside Laurent Koscielny who has just returned after a long absence.

Their defence, and starting slow in matches, has been their downfall at times this season. In the Carabao Cup, Arsenal will hope to go one better than last season, as they were humbled 3-0 in the final against Manchester City. So far, they have beaten Brentford and Blackpool at home in the last two rounds, but this will surely be their biggest test.

Tottenham Hotspur

In the previous North London Derby, Tottenham went home with a tail between their legs, after throwing away a 2-1 lead to lose 4-2. At the time, Arsenal had leapfrogged them in the table on goal difference, but Tottenham have already restored a healthy lead over their neighbours. Spurs have bounced back in style, beating Southampton, Leicester and Burnley in the league, as well as obtaining a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp against Barcelona to secure progression in the UEFA Champions League.

It’s amazing what a couple of weeks can do to a club, and now they can put right their defeat against Arsenal from a few weeks ago, and knock them out of the Carabao Cup in their own back yard. As a busy Christmas schedule is forthcoming, it’s possible Tottenham may rest some players such as Christian Eriksen, but there is no doubt Harry Kane will want to make an impact in this encounter.

Head to Head H2H

In their last four meetings, Arsenal and Tottenham have won two matches apiece, with the home side winning on all occasions. As well as the outcome of this fixture a couple of weeks ago which resulted in an Arsenal win, it must be noted that in all competitions, Arsenal have only lost to Spurs once since 1993 at home. It’s statistics like this which give doesn’t give a lot of promise to Spurs. Also, the sides have met each other four times in the last decade in this competition, and Arsenal have knocked out their rivals three times, with Tottenham just successful once in 2008 – in the year that they last won it.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Predictions and Betting Tips

The odds suggest the winner is like flipping a coin, with Arsenal at 7/5 to win, and Tottenham at 7/4 to become victorious. A draw is priced at 13/5, which would then result in a penalty shoot-out come the final whistle. To qualify, Arsenal are at 8/11 and Tottenham are at 1/1 (EVENS). I believe that Tottenham will win this match on Wednesday. That should target success in this cup, and their squad doesn’t have the same type of injuries their opponents have.

I would tip a 1-2 score line at 9/1. Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t been starting of late for Arsenal, but I back him to start and score at any time at 11/8, and for the visitors, I would back Lucas Moura to score any time at 2/1. Lastly, there is always plenty of goals when the sides meet, so let’s hope for another goal fest with 3.5 goals or more at 6/4.

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