Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Two teams who got their campaigns underway with a victory at the weekend meet at the Emirates on Saturday, as Arsenal play host to Burnley. The Gunners have a strong record against the Clarets, but Sean Dyche’s side will be buoyed by a clinical performance in their season opener.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Burnley, winning each of the last 10. The Clarets last beat Arsenal in the League Cup back in 2008, and haven’t tasted victory against the Gunners in the league in over 45 years.
Dani Ceballos and Nicholas Pepe were both handed their debuts from the bench last weekend, and are in contention to start this one. Fellow new boy David Luiz was an unused substitute and is hoping to displace one of Callum Chambers or Sokratis in central defence, while Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac could miss out again with concerns over their security.
Robbie Brady is a doubt for this game with a rib injury, while Charlie Taylor is still building up his fitness and will hope for a spot on the bench as his best chance of some action. Steven Defour is back out running on the training pitches as he bids to put his injury nightmare from last season behind him.
Arsenal v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Arsenal won both of the meetings between these sides 3-1 last season, and have scored 13 goals in four home games against Burnley since the Clarets were promoted in 2014. Unai Emery’s side are clearly the strong favourites to make it two wins from two this weekend, but the visitors could give them a test.
Burnley are free from the shackles of the Europa League qualifying campaign that decimated the start of their season last year, and that was evident as they put in an energetic performance to beat Southampton 3-0 on Saturday. Ashley Barnes was at his clinical best, and he’ll need to be again for the away team to have any chance of snatching a result.
The Clarets put in some decent performances on the road last season, getting 2-2 draws at Manchester United and Chelsea in the second half of the campaign. If they can press and harry Arsenal they’ll have a chance against a Gunners back line that looks a little vulnerable. Another 2-2 here is priced at 25/1 in the betting.
Having said that, the home team are the 2/7 favourites for the win, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Newcastle last weekend. Arsenal will start more of their talented attackers in this game, and they should get the job done against Burnley, who are out at 11/1 for the upset. A draw meanwhile is priced at 5/1.
Arsenal to win and BTTS at 2/1
The Gunners are expected to pick up the three points, but they could be susceptible at the back, after Ashely Barnes got his name on the scoresheet at the Emirates last term.
Arsenal to win 3-1 at 11/1
This could be a very good price for a repeat of last season’s result in this fixture, with the visitors a threat but Arsenal possessing plenty of firepower and averaging 3.25 goals per game at home to Burnley since 2014.