Arsenal V Burnley 14:15 Live on Sky Sports 1
Arsenal have met Burnley 102 times in the past winning 48 of the games, they have drawn 21 times and Burnley have won 33 which is more than I would have thought.
Recent meetings have been less surprising, out of the last 10 Arsenal have won 8 drawn 1 and Burnley won 1.
Earlier in the season when the teams met at Turf Moor it took a 90th minute goal from defender Laurent Koscielny to snach all 3 points ina 1-0 win to “The Gunners”.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 2017 so far beating Palace 2-0 at home on New Years day then 2 days later came from 3-0 down to Bournemouth to draw 3-3. Last time out they destroyed Swansea 4-0, Giroud put Arsenal ahead in the first half. The 2nd half seen 2 own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton and a Alexis Sanchez goal to seal the win. Arsenal are currently in 4th place but a win can see them go ahead of Liverpool and rivals Tottenham.
Arsene Wenger has this week admitted that his Arsenal side were very lucky to take 3 points earlier in the season as the 90th minute goal appeared to touch Koscielny’s hand and has heaped praise on their opponents saying they will not go down this season.
Arsenal will be boosted by the return of Hector Bellerin to the squad. They are still without Debuchy (hamstring), Walcott (Calf) and Mertesacker (knee).
Burnley’s away record has been very very poor this season taking just 1 point from a possible 27 on offer. That point came at the end of October at Old Trafford. They have relied completely on their home form and they need to change that if they are going to maintain a good league position. They have good recent wins against Boro, Sunderland and Southampton last time out a Joey Barton freekick sealed all 3 points. They currenly lie in 12th place but a win could see them go as high as 9th and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
Manager Sean Dyche will celebrate his 200th game in charge and has paid tribute to this weeks rival manager for his advise. Following impressive performances in cup matches recently 24 year old defender Tarkowski is giving his manager a real option at the back however the manager does not usually like to change his defence unless forced into it.
Burnley are without Kevin long (knee) and doubtful are Arfield (hamstring) Gudmundsson (hamstring) and Marney (match fitness).
I think Arsenal will coast home here and are @2/9 to do so, that is too short for me. You can back the draw @13/2 with a couple of firms and Burnley are @16/1 with a couple of the firms.
I will be looking at backing Arsenal to win to Nil @ 10/11 with Paddy Power.