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Sky Bet punters are torn over who will win the North London derby, but seem certain there will be goals.

Last Updated: 15/11/12 at 19:01

Arsene Wenger: Gunners have a good scoring record against their North London riv

Arsene Wenger: Gunners have a good scoring record against their North London riv

Punters torn over outcome of North London showdown

Sky Bet punters are torn over who will come out on top in the North London derby with only one thing seemingly assured - goals galore.

Neither side are drawing in a significant share of the backing in the match betting with a draw attracting just as much interest at 13/5.

Over 2.5 goals at 8/13 is overwhelmingly popular, while the both teams to score market is priced up shorter than in any other top-flight game at 8/15.

Such expectations are certainly backed up by the form guide, with Arsenal conceding two or more goals in their last three fixtures in all competitions, while Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight away Premier League games.

The stats backing up a draw are just as comprehensive, with Arsenal versus Tottenham resulting in more draws in Premier League history than any other fixture.

Andre Villas-Boas' men are actually yet to draw on the road in the league this season but the Gunners have certainly been susceptible to a stalemate of late, ending 90 minutes level in three of their last four games.

With the gap between the neighbours narrowing in recent years, results have been mixed, but Sky Bet still make Arsenal the strong favourites at 10/11, while their visitors are 11/4.

Regardless of the result, the free-scoring nature of Arsene Wenger's men has been consistent in this fixture, netting two or more in all of the last six previous corresponding clashes and averaging 3.5 goals from Spurs' last four visits.

Despite the departure of leading marksman Robin van Persie, Sky Bet expect more goals from the Gunners, going 8/11 on 2+ and 5/2 for 3+, while a repeat of their five-goal haul from last season is available at 25/1.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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