Arsenal v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 18, 2018
Emirates Stadium - Premier League
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back after they surrendered their 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions with defeat to Southampton last weekend.
Arsenal beat Burnley 5-0 at the Emirates last season, following a late 1-0 victory at Turf Moor earlier in the campaign. The Clarets have never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League era, with their last win over Emery's side came back in 2008 in the League Cup.
Arsenal will have defender Sokratis back from suspension for this clash, but his centre back partner Shokdran Mustafi is ruled out, alongside long term absentee Rob Holding.
There are also fitness concern over full back pair Hector Bellerin and Saed Kolasinac, who are both expected to miss out.
Burnley are without defender Phil Bardsley, who serves a one game ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season last weekend. midfield pair Steven Defour and Johan Berg Gudmunsson are both rated as doubtful, and will be assessed later in the week.
Arsenal v Burnley Predictions and Preview
Emery will be frustrated in the manner of their defeat to Southampton, and despite the injury problems, he will want to make a statement against Burnley. The Gunners are desperate to return to the top four this season, and that loss was a setback,as they now sit three points outside of the Champions League qualifying places.
Burnley's struggles continue, after they were cruelly punished by a late winner against Tottenham the last time out, which sees them slide into the relegation zone on goal difference. They have won just two of their last eleven games in the Premier League, and manager Sean Dyche is beginning to feel the pressure.
He is unlikely to get much of a reprieve in this clash, against a determined Arsenal side, with a home win coming in at 2/9. Arsenal have developed a reputation as slow starters this season, and six of their last 10 Premier League goals have come in the second half of matches - and a draw a half time bet is at 15/8.
Arsenal to win 2-0 at 13/2
Arsenal scored twice in their loss to Southampton, and they have only failed to score two or more goals in a Premier League game on four occasions this season, There are no issues in attack for Arsenal, but with defensive injuries mounting up, Emery make look to dip into the January transfer market.
Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime at 2/3
With a return to the Emirates, Emery make look to switch back to a front two, with Lacazette coming into the starting XI, alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The French international has netted six league goals already this season, and he scored against Burnley last season.