Arsenal v Burnley Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Burnley

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Saturday, August 17, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Arsenal certainly do warrant their status as favourites given their history over Burnley and there is little value in an outright win market. Historically this game has been a physical battle and last season there were at least six cards in each of their two encounters. Bet365 are offering a very attractive 11/10 for over 4.5 cards and we feel this should materialise as Burnley look to rattle the Gunners midfield and defence. Over 2.5 goals is also offered at 8/13 and we feel there is value in this market also given the last two games produced four goals each.

Arsenal host their first home game of the season against Burnley, with both teams enjoying a winning start to the new season. Sean Dyche will be hoping his team can end 10 years of hurt as they have not beaten Arsenal in over a decade, with their last victory coming in a Carling Cup victory back in 2008.

There has been much excitement amongst Arsenal fans leading up to the start of the new season, with significant investment in the squad over the summer. Securing the long-term futures of Aubameyang and Lacazette was also an important step and Aubameyang proved his worth, scoring the only goal of the game away at Newcastle last week. Most of Arsenal’s summer recruits were on the bench as Unai Emery resisted starting with his new guns, opting to use Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe as second half substitutes. David Luiz didn’t feature at all as he may need more time to bed in with his new teammates but with the likes of Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil to come back to the team, the squad depth certainly seems stronger than in previous years. With their next two games against Liverpool and North London rivals Tottenham, Arsenal will want to ensure they get maximum points here and prove that they can perform against those traditionally in the lower halves of the table.

Burnley secured an emphatic opening day win courtesy of a second half blitz which saw them notch three goals in 12 minutes. Ashley Barnes hit a quick-fire double before Johann Berg Gudmundsson secured the points with a third. Sean Dyche will have been pleased that the Clarets got off to a good start as last season they lost four out of their first five games and the team will be keen to avoid getting sucked into another relegation battle this time around. Any result here would be a bonus as they have a run of games against teams in and around them last season plus some of the newly promoted teams, so it will be a key period for Burnley to get points on the board.

In team news, Arsenal will be looking at Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil as potential options after the pair were ruled out of the game at Newcastle due to security concerns. Nicolas Pepe may be in contention to start in front of his home fans with a call being made on David Luiz, who could be preferred in what is likely to be a physical game. Granit Xhaka is a doubt having suffered a bruised back and leg and will be assessed. Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Dinos Mavropanos remain out for the Gunners.

For Burnley, Danny Drinkwater will not be fit to play for his new club along with Steve Defour and Robbie Brady who have only returned to training. Charlie Taylor however is fit and has travelled with the team. Sean Dyche will most likely go for a settled side and hope the likes of Ashley Barnes can unsettle the Arsenal defence alongside Chris Wood.

As mentioned before, Burnley have not beaten Arsenal in a competitive game for over a decade. The Gunners have won their last ten meetings against the Clarets, with Burnley last gaining a point back in 2009 when they achieved a 1-1 draw. Both games last season were won by Arsenal with a 3-1 scoreline, with Aubameyang scoring four of those goals across the two fixtures.

Punter's Pick

Arsenal certainly do warrant their status as favourites given their history over Burnley and there is little value in an outright win market. Historically this game has been a physical battle and last season there were at least six cards in each of their two encounters. Bet365 are offering a very attractive 11/10 for over 4.5 cards and we feel this should materialise as Burnley look to rattle the Gunners midfield and defence. Over 2.5 goals is also offered at 8/13 and we feel there is value in this market also given the last two games produced four goals each.

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