Editor’s Note: The Tottenham vs. Arsenal match was postponed due to COVID protocols in the Gunners squad.
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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal FC
Sunday, January 16, 2022 – 11:30 AM EST at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their previous 8 EPL outings
- Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 EPL home fixtures
- Arsenal have scored 1 or more goals in their last 8 consecutive EPL games
Derby Day in London
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be overwhelmed with passionate EPL fans when Arsenal take a short trip to North London for a historic London derby encounter.
Both squads return to action after a contrasting set of EPL Cup results, with Tottenham's cup run being struck down (3-0) by Chelsea whilst the Gunners held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.
The Lilywhites have now garnered 13 EPL points from a potential 15 when playing on home turf under the guidance of Antonio Conte, in addition to remaining undefeated since the newly instated manager's arrival. A heated clash with fellow London side Arsenal doesn't just provide a derby fixture but one with important table position implications.
Arsenal are two points clear of Tottenham in 5th place; a victory for the home side would see Spurs surpass their rivals' position and further stake their claim at an European qualifying spot. The reverse fixture back in September saw Arsenal claim a straightforward 3-1 victory; however, Nuno Espírito Santo's version of Tottenham wasn't capable of the aspiring performances that Conte has delivered thus far.
Final Thoughts| Betting Odds and Prediction
Two in-form squads with the ability to walk away with three points under a local-derby atmosphere are screaming "draw" to me. Mikel Arteta's men proved their defensive prowess when holding off Liverpool with just 10-men and several significant absentees.
On inspection of the available EPL betting odds, bookmakers aren't showing much faith either. Arsenal's moneyline odds are closely priced to this fixture ending in a draw, the latter being a likely outcome given each side's current form.
Tottenham vs. Arenal Score Prediction: Spurs 1 – Arsenal 1
Liverpool FC vs. Brentford FC
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 09:00 AM EST at Anfield
Form, Mentality, Premier League Odds and Trends
- Brentford have won just 1 of their previous 7 away meetings
- Liverpool are undefeated at halftime in 27 consecutive EPL games
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 21 home fixtures
Klopp Set to Avoid More Disappointment
Jürgen Klopp will undoubtedly seek a fireback performance against a struggling Brentford squad on Sunday following Liverpool's underwhelming performance versus Arsenal in the EFL Cup.
The Gunners lost crucial squad members before their EFL Cup meeting with Liverpool, to then undergo an injury change within 10 minutes and lose Granit Xhaka to a red card. However, Klopp's fully strengthened team still couldn't overcome Arsenal's frailties.
With dampened spirits ever-present, Klopp and company are pondering on a three-game winless streak in domestic action and continue to drop further from a title race with league leaders Manchester City. This weekend, anything less than a victory could extend the 11-point gap between Liverpool and first place to a worrying 14-points.
The good news for Liverpool fans is that Brentford isn't offering the awe-inspired performances they did during the early stages of the 2021/22 campaign. Thomas Frank's men enter Anfield with three losses from their previous four outings whilst failing to win any of their last six away trips – allowing at least two goals on all of these occasions.
Final Thoughts| Betting and Prediction
Liverpool were surprisingly held to a 3-3 draw during the reverse fixture back in September. To become serious title contenders, they cannot afford to lose points against newly-promoted clubs. With that said, Brentford's efforts aren't equalling to their early-season results, and the Reds will capitalize on their questionable tendencies.
The available EPL odds on a Liverpool home win are naturally skewed into high probability, but I expect Klopp's men will want to make their mark early on. Considering this, we can gain greater value on the Liverpool to win half-time/full-time proposition market.
Liverpool vs. Brentford Score Prediction: Liverpool 3 – Brentford 0
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