Two marriages in peril at the Emirates today.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham have soured a beautiful relationship with a talismanic goal-grabber.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped for the last North London derby after turning up late, which still beats not turning up at all – as Mikel Arteta has had plenty of opportunities to learn since.
The hapless Arteta was ‘putting his foot down’ and somehow poked himself in the eye – unless it’s just a coincidence that Auba has played 15 games for him since and failed to score in 12 of them?
Nobody’s bigger than the team, but some nobodies are bigger than others. Arsenal ’s knack for guessing wrong on life’s coin-flips can seem almost supernatural.
No mystery about Harry Kane’s hump. He’s being held against his will in a side blighted by injury that’s also creating pitifully few chances.
It’s 7/4 your choice of Auba or Kane ‘anytime scorer’ (4.30pm). Neither price is marriage material.
I’ll take the 12/5 (Fred) DRAW and have a nibble at Tanguy Ndombele 9/1 (Hills Fred) ‘anytime scorer’ – early days but the France star and new boss Nuno could be a match made in heaven.
Wolves badly need to get the old Raul Jimenez back – brilliant and bold – but the data says don’t hold your breath.
In 2019/20, Jimenez was ranked fifth for ‘shots on target’ in the Prem – and 34 percent shot accuracy – by the boffins at fbref.com. This season he has managed just one shot on target in five full games. His accuracy is seven percent.
Hosts Southampton (2pm) have stymied far better attacks already this season. Take ‘No Wolves goal scored before 58mins’ at 5/6 (Bet365).
Old firm? History is silent on that point, but you’d hope so.
No one at Palace is exactly flushed with success over the start Patrick Vieira has made as Eagles boss, but they are probably nearer to the visiting Seagulls (tomorrow, 8pm) than the table says. Take the DRAW at 11/5 (Fred).
Over in Spain, take solid Real Sociedad to ‘win to nil’ at 6/5 (Bet365) against goal-lite Elche in La Liga this evening (5.30pm).