Tough to separate North London rivals

On Saturday lunchtime, north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.

The Gunners have struggled for wins over their local rivals in recent years, winning just once in seven meetings with Spurs. However, four of the last seven north London derbies have finished all square.

In fact, three of the last four north London derbies have finished in draws. The last three meetings between the two sides at the Emirates have finished all square, so there is a definite pattern emerging here.

The fact that this clash features a very strong home side versus a very strong away side also suggests that this game is heading for a stalemate. The Gunners have won the last ten Premier League home games while netting at least twice in their last eight outings.

However, some will argue that they have not faced one of their rivals during that winning run on home soil. The last time they faced a fellow top-six team was the game before their winning run started when the Gunners drew 2-2 with Manchester City.

Tottenham have a very good recent away record in the English top-flight. A 1-0 defeat in their last away game at Manchester United ended a six-match run of victories for the visitors.

Overall Spurs have won five of their last six of their league games and will be heading to the Emirates in good heart.

However, one issue that might hinder the visitors is the fitness doubts over a plethora of their players. The likes of Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all missed out on their national team squads because of injury.

Even with some key players absent, the visitors will still believe they can get a positive result at the Emirates Stadium. However, for me, this game is likely to produce under 2.5 goals and end all square.