Arsenal v Burnley Betting Tips: Visitors not to be underestimated at The Emirates
Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley.
This match is probably between two of the least alike sides in the entire Premier League as silky yet mentally fragile Arsenal host simple-but-effective and hard-working Burnley.
Arsenal currently sit in their classic position of 4th place and seemingly out of the title race as they are a likely-to-be-unassailable eight points behind leaders Chelsea. However, they have actually been in pretty good form with four wins in their last five matches in all competitions. It seems those two consecutive Premier League defeats just before Christmas have cost the Gunners title chances.
People usually argue that Arsene Wenger’s side will not win the title because they are too soft centred and, whilst they have conceded more goals (22) than they have played league games (21), it is worth noting that they have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League matches. As mentioned earlier, Arsenal pride themselves on their delightful forward play and it is no surprise that they are the league’s second top scorers at the moment having found the back of the net 48 times. Furthermore, they have registered in all of their league matches since a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough back in October.
The Emirates has certainly been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal this season and they have not lost a home match in the league since the opening day of the season whilst they have also won their last four, scoring nine and conceding just two.
Burnley currently sit in a lofty tenth place in the Premier League which is exceptional considering they no doubt have the lowest budget in the league. They have won three of their last four league matches whilst they also comfortably dispatched fellow top flight side Sunderland in the FA Cup during midweek.
Defensive stability has been the root of Burnley’s excellent campaign so far and they have only conceded 31 goals which is the best record of their closest challengers in and around the top ten. Of course goals are hard to come by for any newly-promoted side but, even though the Clarets have only found the back of then net 23 times (fewer than any other side in the top 12), they have still scored more than their fellow Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough (17) and Hull City (20).
Sean Dyche’s side have certainly relied on their home form to push themselves up the league and their excellent record at Turf Moor means they are the third best home team in the Premier League behind only Tottenham and Chelsea – ahead of Sunday’s opponents Arsenal who are fifth. Unfortunately though, away-days have been a rather painful experience for Clarets fans with their side rock bottom of the away form table having yielded just one point from a possible 27. However, they did very well in their most recent Premier League away game at big-spending Manchester City so Dyche will hope for a similar performance against Arsenal.
Arsenal are the favourites here and rightly so given the disparity in quality between the two sides. However, Burnley are solid, even on the road, and will not lie down for anybody – as proved by their recent narrow 2-1 loss to Manchester City. With this in mind, a landslide victory for the hosts doesn’t look likely. ‘2-3 Total Goals’, at 13/10, is certainly worth looking at.
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