Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday hoping to end a three-match losing streak at home in the Premier League.
Seven points may separate the two sides in the standings, but they are still three places apart. Arsenal are ahead in a lowly 15th on 13 points from 11 games, with 18th-place Burnley having played one less game on six points.
The visitors ended an 11-match losing run in all competitions against Arsenal in their last meeting by holding them to a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor back in February.
But considering they haven’t beaten the London side in their own backyard since 1974, can Burnley go one better this time around? Or will Arsenal, with 2,000 of their own supporters present, put an end to their disastrous run?
Arsenal Form & Stats
A 4-2 win away to Dundalk in Ireland last Thursday ensured Arsenal ended their Europa League group-stage campaign with six wins out of six games. But in the Premier League, it’s been a different story altogether.
The Gunners suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 39 years following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.
The honeymoon period is over for Mikel Arteta, who has lost six of his last nine league games (W2 D1), and a response is needed. It doesn’t help Arsenal have lost their last three home matches against Wolves, Aston Villa, and Leicester City either.
The London side have been particularly vulnerable in the attack, having scored just two goals in their last seven league outings. And only one of them came from open-play. In fact, they now boast the league’s fourth-worst offensive record on 10 goals from 11 games.
On paper at least, though, Burnley should provide Arsenal an opportunity to avoid a fourth consecutive home defeat for the first time since 1959. But will their goal struggles cost them another three points? A good start in north London is imperative for Arteta’s men.
Key Team Stats
- Won just one of their last five league games (D1 L3).
- Lost their last three home league games.
- Failed to score in five of their last seven league games.
- Exactly three goals in four of their five home league games this season.
- Won their last nine home games against Burnley in all competitions since 1975.
Burnley Form & Stats
The Clarets will relish the chance to end a run of nine successive defeats away to Arsenal across all competitions in their latest trip to the Emirates Stadium.
It’s not been a brilliant start to the season for Burnley either, having only collected six points so far. They did, though, amass five of those points in their last four league games (W1 D2 L1) to leave them in a relatively good run of form.
A 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in their previous away fixture, however, means Burnley have lost three of their last five games on the road (D2).
But Sean Dyche’s side recovered to draw 1-1 with Everton last weekend, leaving them just a point from safety. Add the fact they’ve kept two clean sheets in their last three away games, Burnley could grab something in London.
Key Team Stats
- Lost just one of their last four league games (W1 D2).
- More first-half goals in their last three league games.
- At least three goals in their last eight visits to Arsenal.
- Scored in only four of their 10 league games this season (five goals in total).
Arsenal: Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Martinelli (out); David Luiz (doubt).
Burnley: Jack Cork (out); Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Dale Stephens, Phil Bardsley (doubts).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Recent Games
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.