Sunday’s big game in the Premier League comes from North London, with Arsenal hosting Tottenham.
This game is tricky to predict. The visitors followed a draw at the Etihad (there won’t be many claiming that this season) with a feeble defeat to Newcastle, while the Gunners showed some attacking promise at Anfield but also defensive frailties. This all suggests to us that goals are likely.
That said, this match could also put down an early pointer as to which of these sides becomes North London’s top dog this season. Thus it could well be a feisty affair.
Spurs are likely to play on the break and have the pace of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to cause problems. Arsenal defender Sead Kolasanic is a strength going forward but could be a touch slow going the other way. We’ll take him to pick up a booking trying to stop these attackers.
The early game sees Everton host Wolves at Goodison Park. This could be an important game for the Toffees – win and it’s seven points from four games and the investment in the team looks well founded, lose and questions will again be asked about the mental strength of the side.
Wolves have started the season reasonably well, but have the tricky situation of playing Europa League football on a Thursday. They have handled this well so far, but we think it’s a disadvantage and thus favour the home side.
Everton defender Lucas Digne was outstanding midweek in his side’s Carabao Cup win over Lincoln. He scored a fantastic free kick and that can only give him confidence to try again. We’ll take a punt that he scores during the match.
Arsenal/Tottenham: Kolasanic to be booked, 1 pt, at 11/4, William Hill
Everton/Wolves: Digne to score anytime, 1 pt, at 8/1, Unibet
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