Arsenal and Tottenham clash for the second time this month in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, with Spurs seeking revenge after a 4-2 loss at the Emirates Stadium on their last visit.
Draw with goals @ 3/1
The Gunners produced a remarkable second-half fightback at the start of December to inflict the kind of defeat that could have haunted a side for months. In actuality, Spurs have responded really well, winning three of the last four matches, the only game they failed to triumph in being the creditable 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Champions League.
Before last weekend, Arsenal’s form in the aftermath of the derby had been decent too but a 3-2 loss at Southampton saw their 22-match unbeaten run ended. A lack of options at the back cost Unai Emery’s side at the weekend and he will be delighted to have Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi back from suspension for Wednesday’s game.
Arsenal enter the game as slight favourites at 6/4, with Spurs 33/20 and a draw, which would lead to extra-time and potentially penalties, 5/2.
The Emirates Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Tottenham, winning just once at the venue since it opened its doors in 2006. In the last 10 meetings between the rivals, there has only been one away win and that came for Arsenal in the EFL Cup at the third round stage in 2015.
While not always easy to predict, what this fixture does normally guarantee is goals with BTTS having landed in seven of those 10 matches, Each side to net is 10/19, while over 2/5 goals, which has only landed four times in 10 meetings, is 10/17.
With this match coming in the midst of the busy festive period, both managers are likely to make changes as they try to juggle their resources. If Mauricio Pochettino does start Harry Kane then it could spell trouble for Arsenal, the World Cup Golden Boot winner has scored in eight of his last nine appearances in the north London derby. Kane is 15/4 to score first and 21/20 to net anytime.
Chelsea win to zero @ 11/10
Across the capital, Chelsea face off against Bournemouth at the quarter-final stage for the second year running. The Blues came out on top last time and have won six of the last seven meetings with the Cherries, who know what it takes to win at Stamford Bridge with two wins in the last three years.
Maurizio Sarri’s men eased to a 2-0 success in September and that was against a Bournemouth side who were performing well at the time. The south coast outfit are currently on the slide, losing six of the last seven, failing to score in their last two.
With topscorer Callum Wilson having had injury issues recently, he might not be risked, while boss Eddie Howe has injuries elsewhere to contend with.
Chelsea are unbeaten at home this season, winning the last three, while they have not conceded in their previous four games at Stamford Bridge, making this look like a step too far for Howe.
The west Londoner’s second string is much stronger than what Bournemouth have to offer and a semi-final berth awaits Sarri’s men.
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