Arsenal vs Burnley: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, August 12, 2019 7:22 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 7:22 PM UTC

Arsenal aim to make it nine wins in a row against the Clarets...
<div><h2>Arsenal vs Burnley</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, August 17, at The Emirates</strong></a></p><p>We should be in for an entertaining spectacle when Arsenal and Burnley lock horns in the early kick-off on Saturday. Both of these teams picked up crucial victories on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and they will be keen to maintain that form. There is no love lost between the two clubs after a heated clash here last season. Arsenal won 3-1, but Burnley manager Sean Dyche accused the Gunners of diving and cheating. Meanwhile, Arsenal fans were incensed by the Clarets’ rough tackling, with Ashley Barnes serving as the chief villain.</p><p>Arsenal then went on to beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor, meaning they have won all eight Premier League meetings with Dyche’s men. They began their season with a tense 1-0 victory away at Newcastle, but they should be more comfortable on home turf at the weekend. The Emirates has become something of a fortress over the past couple of years, and the Gunners are the clear favourites to win this game. Yet Burnley beat Southampton 3-0 in their opener, showing they are no pushovers.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Arsenal bolstered their squad with Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Kieran Tierney in the summer, but none of that quartet started against Newcastle. Tierney is injured, Luiz was an unused substitute and the other two made second half cameos. Luiz could be in line to start alongside Sokratis at the heart of the Arsenal defence on Saturday, with Nacho Monreal and Ainsley Maitland-Niles at full-back.</p><p>Ceballos is still adapting to the pace of the Premier League, while Lucas Torreira is coming back from injury, so Unai Emery may be tempted to stick with youngsters Chris Willock and Matteo Guendouzi alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led the line with aplomb against the Magpies, and Arsenal fans will hope to see him flanked by Pepe and Reiss Nelson. It remains to be seen if Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will feature, as they have been targeted by criminal gangs and it was deemed unsafe for them to make the trip to Newcastle.</p><p>Dyche is likely to name an unchanged starting 11 after Burnley swept Southampton aside at the weekend. Barnes was the star of the show, as he scored twice, while Chris Wood could give the Gunners’ defence plenty of problems. Erik Pieters has slotted straight in at full-back after joining in the summer, but fellow new arrival Jay Rodriguez is unlikely to displace Barnes or Wood just yet. Tom Heaton has moved to Aston Villa, but former England goalkeeper and Premier League title winner still cannot get a game, as Nick Pope is now the Burnley number one. He could be in for a busy afternoon on Saturday.</p><p><strong>Top tip:</strong><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports"><strong> Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals at 1.91 (10/11) with Boyle Sports</strong></a></p></div>
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