Unai Emery’s Arsenal team head into this home Premier League clash with Burnley after a testing week. The Gunners lost 3-2 in a see-saw match at Southampton last weekend, and followed that loss up with another defeat in midweek. The fact that it was Tottenham Hotspur who knocked them out of the League Cup quarter final with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium will have stung everyone associated with the Gunners. Emery will have a job to do when it comes to lifting his team.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be aware that his Clarets could cop an Arsenal backlash, and he will need to make sure that his players are organised and in resilient mood. The Lancashire outfit have endured a difficult campaign so far in 2018/19, and have lost four of their last five games. Like Arsenal, they have also been beaten by Spurs in the last week, losing 1-0 at Wembley in the league last weekend.
Arsenal vs Burnley Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Burnley
Our prediction for this game is that Arsenal will win the game by two clear goals, with 2-0 looking a likely final score. The Gunners will be stinging after two defeats in a week, especially given the manner of the loss to Southampton, and will be looking to return to winning ways as soon as possible. We expect a performance of brisk professionalism from the north Londoners, and Burnley must be careful that they don’t get swept aside. If the Gunners start strongly, then Burnley could well find themselves two or more goals down before half-time.
Our recommended tip: Arsenal 2-0
Our featured tip for this Premier League game comes from Betway. They are offering odds of 11/2 on Arsenal winning the game 2-0, which matches our prediction for how the game will turn out. Those odds offer pretty good value, with the bookies clearly making the home side significant favourites for this game. Arsenal may have endured a tough week, but the Clarets are going through a tough season, and their chances of taking anything at all from their trip to the capital this week look pretty bleak. Arsenal to win 2-0 looks a good bet, in that context.
History certainly looks to be on the side of the Gunners when we take a look at previous clashes between these two sides. Out of eight Premier League games, Arsenal have won seven and there has been one draw. The solitary draw came at Turf Moor back in 2009. Last season, the Gunners won 1-0 away at Turf Moor in November 2017. The return game, at the Emirates Stadium in May earlier this year, was much more one-sided. Arsenal triumphed 5-0 in that game, highlighting the scale of the challenge faced by the Clarets this weekend.
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Players to watch: Granit Xhaka & Johann Gudmundsson
Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka has made more passes than any of his team-mates this season, with 1303 passes to his name in 2018/19. That’s an average of 81.44 passes per match. If Burnley want to stop Arsenal playing, they need to get at Xhaka. The Swiss can create from deep too, having played 92 accurate long balls during the current campaign. He is a dead ball threat too, having scored both of his goals this season from free kicks.
Icelandic midfielder Johan Gudmundsson could be a key man, if Burnley are serious about getting a positive result from this game. The Iceland international has scored two goals and provided four assists in his 14 Premier League appearances in 2018/19. He has also created two big chances for his team, and provided 74 crosses at an accuracy rate of 30%. He has also managed 17 shots, five of which have been on target.