Michael Owen has predicted the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on Sunday to end in a draw in his Betvictor.com column.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker expects goals at White Hart Lane, but does not see a winner in the Premier League encounter.
“Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last 32 PL games with the Gunners and I think there will be goals at White Hart Lane but both sides will have to settle for a point,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“On no fewer than 18 previous occasions have the clubs shared the spoils in the Premier League, more than any other PL fixture, and this promises to be another close but exciting clash between the North London giants.”
Could Owen’s prediction come true?
Playing at home will certainly given Tottenham an advantage, especially as they are enjoying their football at White Hart Lane and the fans are behind them.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will head into the clash on the back of a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.
Tottenham are currently sixth in the league table with 40 points from 23 matches, just two points behind Arsenal, who are fifth.
The Gunners are also in brilliant form and hammered Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday without Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international forward looks set to miss out on the North London derby, and this could give Spurs an even greater advantage.
However, the likes of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are playing well, and Arsenal’s chances of winning at White Hart Lane cannot be written off.
A draw could be the final outcome of the game, but much will depend on which team score the first goal and when.