As woeful as things have been in North London for Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino, this weekend there are reasons to be cheerful in the form of an old-fashioned derby between their female counterparts.
And what better venue to host such a mouthwatering tie between the reigning Women’s Super League champions and the newly-promoted Spurs than at the brand-new Tottenham stadium itself?
Indeed, in line with more WSL clashes being held at Premier League stadiums, this thrilling contest will attract eyes from all over the world, which gives both teams an even greater incentive to win.
Unfortunately, our Tottenham vs Arsenal predictions are wagering that the three points will be returning to Meadow Park with the in-form visitors.
The hosts, on the other hand, face their third consecutive defeat, much like Poch’s men, which you can read more about in our 2019/20 Premier League season preview.
But first things first…
Tottenham vs Arsenal Predictions
The reigning champions might not have matched last seasons form in the early stages of their campaign, but there were enough elements present last weekend for them to topple the closest pretenders to their throne – Manchester City.
Indeed, prior to this clash, Nick Cushing’s side were unbeaten in the league, without having conceded a single goal.
And they displayed exactly what made them so difficult to penetrate by keeping out the likes of Vivianne Miedema, Kim Little and Lisa Evans in the first half.
But just as the first 45 minutes were coming to an end, Miedema and Little paired up to break the deadlock, with the Dutch superstar producing a neat finish courtesy of Little’s coy pass.
In contrast, the visitors offered little on the attacking forefront throughout the game, performing as if they weren’t in great goal-scoring form.
Indeed, long-range shots, the kind that Janine Beckie reverted to regularly throughout the game, was the only creativity the Citizens showed in Arsenal’s defensive third.
Which is how the game finished for Cushing’s players – very little attacking intent, a lack of defensive closure, unlike their usual performances.
Yet, given that the Gunners have now won 15 of their past 16 games at Meadow Park, will they pose a completely unique threat away from home on Premier League turf?
Well, our Tottenham vs Arsenal predictions are wagering that they’ll still be operating as the betting favourites given the kind of defensive disarray their hosts are in.
Back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Casey Stoney’s Manchester United for Spurs is exactly where our projections derive from.
And what’s worse is that both games featured chances that Spurs squandered, implying that attacking is just as much of an issue as defending – none more so evident than against the Red Devil’s last weekend.
In the meeting of last seasons promoted sides, United were rampant on the attack and deservedly opened the scoring through Kirsty Hanson’s deflected shot.
Spurs defence exposed its own failures through Ashleigh Neville’s own goal before Jane Ross finally put an end to their woes.
With Karen Hills’ players unable to keep out United, there’s no evidence that the Lillywhites defence will be sturdy enough to keep out the reigning WSL champs.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Head To Head
True, this is the first time both sides have met in the WSL, what with Spurs only recently having been promoted to the big leagues.
Which means that there’s even more scope to fall in line with our Tottenham vs Arsenal predictions.
The form book shows that Arsenal possesses greater attacking wealth.
And with fullbacks capable of joining in and providing width in Beth Mead and Leah Williamson, there’s more than enough creativity available to Jo Montemurro to ensure the three points pool his way.
Tottenham Team News
Facing the reigning champions can be hard enough with a fully fit squad. Yet unfortunately, the hosts won’t have that this weekend because they’ll be playing without the talented Gemma Davison.
The 32-year-old sustained an ankle ligament injury in training last week, and according to sources at the club, will be closely monitored to determine how long she’ll be out of the action.
One thing is clear though: without Davison’s experience and skill on the wing, our Tottenham vs Arsenal predictions are forecasting very little attacking contributions from Hills’ team.
Arsenal Team News
The concern for Hills and co is that aside from Danielle Carter, the Gunners have all their frontline lieutenants fit and raring to go.
From Miedema to Danielle Van de Donk, Mead and Little, Montemurro’s strongest starting XI will be playing at the Tottenham stadium this weekend.
And the return of captain Jordan Nobbs has only bolstered the squad, especially considering how she has slotted back into the midfield and dictated play.
Indeed, the England international missed the brunt of last season including the Women’s World Cup because of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Now back in the thick of things, the linkup between Nobbs, Van de Donk, and Miedema is a dangerous one and has been the source of many goals – a partnership Spurs will experience firsthand in its full potency.
Tottenham vs Arsenal Betting Tips
While the betting tipsters may not have marked up the odds for this weekends thrilling WSL encounter, it’s evident that the Gunners are operating as the betting favourites.
The markets surrounding the team have been wagering tips surrounding winning goals, number of goals, and winning scorelines in the last few weeks.
And if the hosts aren’t careful, the goals will rack up and defensive cracks exploited by the leagues best-attacking unit.