Arsenal vs Burnley
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 12:30 UK / 13:30 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
The well congested schedule is about to be continued for Burnley on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the capital once again to take on Arsenal this time around. They played Gunners’ arch North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend at Wembley. Clarets offered a resolute and stern defensive display there, but got just unlucky to concede the last-gasp goal from substitute Christian Eriksen and actually lose the game at the end.
Sean Dyche’s men now lost seven of last nine matches across competitions. It is a thread which saw them slide into the drop zone. Escaping it after this weekend will be quite a big challenge given Burnley are set to tackle the likes of Arsenal who are also looking for a rebound victory here. The Gunners disappointingly fell 3-2 at Burnley’s fellow strugglers Southampton on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s. Unai Emery’s massive problems with sidelined and injured players affected Arsenal’s display as the Spaniard had to use Granot Xhaka as a center-back in a three-man defensive line which also featured Lichtsteiner and Koscielny. Arsenal proved out to be super vulnerable from crosses as each of Saints’ three goals came from headers on the occasion.
Arsenal vs Burnley: Head-to-head
- Arsenal can rely on the head to head tradition here.
- The Gunners dominated this match-up over the course of history.
- Arsenal won all of past eight head to head games against Clarets.
- The Gunners picked up a demolishing 5-0 victory in the previous encounter with Burnley in May this year.
Arsenal vs Burnley: Prediction
Arsenal are three points shy of city rivals Chelsea in fourth place after losing to Southampton. They will be desperate to bounce back here and keep ground on the Blues in the battle for the Champions League football next season.
They have to be considered heavy favourites because of both H2H trend as well as the superb home form throughout the season. Unai Emery’s troops won 6, drew 2 and lost just 1 of 9 home outings so far. On the other side, Burnley notched only 6 goals for the record of 1 win, 2 draws and 6 losses in 9 away matches in Premier League this season.
Sean Dyche will park the bus once again here, just as he did against Tottenham with a five-man defense. Clarets made no attempt on goal at Wembley. Given they failed to score in any of two games against Arsenal last tern, we will go for the hosts to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 1.83 here.
Arsenal vs Burnley: Bet Tips
Arsenal -1.5 handicap @ 1.65 (13/20)
Arsenal to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83 (5/6).