Arsenal vs Burnley Betting Preview – 22/12/2018

Arsenal vs Burnley Betting Preview – 22/12/2018

 

Arsenal vs Burnley

Arsenal host Burnley in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off as they look to make up lost ground on the top four. Unai Emery still has something of a selection headache given injuries to the backline but will expect his team can get the job done as Sean Dyche’s Burnley travel to North London hoping to spend Christmas outside of the relegation zone. Currently 18th, having lost four of the last five games, their season has become all about survival.

After losing his first two games in charge of Arsenal, Unai Emery put the disappointing start behind him to guide the Gunners to a 22-match unbeaten run, which saw them emphatically top their Europa League group and get pundits speculating about a new dawn after strong performances saw them take four points from Liverpool and Tottenham. However, despite such an impressive run of form, they’re in 5th place and five points behind Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Emery will be hoping his team can show another excellent, extended response to defeats after suffering their first real setbacks since August. Last Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at struggling Southampton came as a shock and they were since eliminated from the Carabao Cup by their North London rivals, as Spurs outclassed them on their own patch on Wednesday night.

Remarkably, they still haven’t led at haven’t led at half-time of any match this season and are notoriously slow starters and rarely seem to perform for 90 minutes. Odds of 3/1 for it to be a draw at half-time and Arsenal to win at full-time are available with Bet365, which are generous given that’s been the case in the vast majority of their 10 Premier League wins, while you can get mammoth odds of 20/1 with the same bookmaker for Burnley to be winning at half-time and Arsenal to come back and win it in the second half, as they did against Spurs.

In terms of personnel, it appears unlikely that Mesut Ozil will feature after he was left out of the squad in midweek for “tactical reasons”. At the back, Laurent Koscielny is expected to feature alongside Sokrati, with Shkodran Mustafi doubtful to return and Rob Holding out for the foreseeable future. Aubameyang is still the Premier League’s joint top scorer with ten goals, but he’s failed to score in his last four games and eight of the last ten. He can be backed at 4/6 with Black Type to end the mini-drought.

Burnley are in the bottom three and toiling, having conceded the second-most goals in the division, averaging just under two per game. They’ve also only scored 15 goals in 17 games; only Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have fewer. It’s a stark contrast to this point last year when they were 4th after the same number of games.

However, after suffering thrashings to Manchester City, Chelsea and West Ham earlier in the season, ray of hopes are emerging and they’ve looked a little more like themselves. The 1-0 win over Brighton a fortnight ago was straight out of last season, clinical with the one chance that fell their way, and defensively resolute. Given that was only their third win of the season and first since September, it was desperately needed.

They followed that up with a fine defensive and organised performance last weekend, showing that at their best they can frustrate quality North London opposition, as they went to Wembley and kept it goalless – until injury time, when Christian Eriksen scored a late winner. Sean Dyche will be confident of getting at least a point if his men can put in a similar performance at the Emirates – they’re a massive 14/1 with William Hill to get three points, and 28/1 with Bet Victor to win to nil – which could be worth backing given their performance last week, and the fact they’ve kept a clean sheet in two of their three league wins so far.

Dyche is expected to field another compact back five, with James Tarkowski alongside both Ben Mee and Kevin Long, with Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor as wingbacks, who will likely sit back. Steven Defour and Johann Gudmundsson have suffered with injuries but are expected to be fit enough to feature.

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