Burnley v Arsenal: match preview, and team news

Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley in what promises to be an intriguing clash, with Arsene Wenger hoping that he team are able to continue their recent impressive form and do not become complacent.

The excellent 3-0 victory against fierce rivals Chelsea in the London derby lifted Arsenal into third, with the team showing signs of clicking into top gear as they blew Antonio Conte’s side away. Betway have backed the Gunners to continue their winning streak in the latest football betting odds, but Burnley may prove a tougher nut to crack as they have lost just one of their first four fixtures at Turf Moor. Victories against Liverpool and Watford are proof that Sean Dyche’s side enjoy playing in front of their own fans, but Arsenal will believe their superior quality will see them prevail via a professional performance.

Arsenal certainly capitalised on some awful defending from Chelsea, but it was great to see the team playing the sort of football that is so pleasing on the eye. The second goal, in particular, was a superb team move that the Blues simply had no answer for, as a number of players are looking the real deal. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have made fine starts to the season, while summer arrival Granit Xhaka also looks the real deal in the holding role in front of the back four.

March 16th was the last time that Arsenal lost away from home in all competitions, with three wins and two draws this season making the Gunners resounding favourites with Betway to come away from Turf Moor with all three points. Fans can check the scores and bet in play if they fancy Sanchez to grab another goal to continue his superb form as Arsenal’s main striker, and if the team play like they did against Chelsea, then Burnley will be in for a tough afternoon.

Team News

Xhaka is likely to replace Francis Coquelin in the starting line-up at Turf Moor, with the Frenchman picking up a knee injury in the win against Chelsea that could keep him out for around two to three weeks. It is likely to be the only change as Wenger may stick with the team who strolled to a convincing victory last weekend.

Carl Jenkinson has made a welcome return to training following a serious knee injury, although it could be two months until the right-back returns to action. Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined.

Burnley are likely to name an unchanged side from the one that picked up an impressive 2-0 win against Watford, with Ashley Barnes the only injury absentee for Sean Dyche’s side.

Andre Gray serves the second of a four-match ban following the FA’s decision to charge the striker for comments made on social media back in 2012.

Predicted Starting Lineups

Arsenal starting lineup: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Iwobi, Ozil, Walcott; Sanchez

Burnley starting lineup: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Defour, Marney, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Boyd; Vokes

Key Stats

Arsenal are unbeaten in the last six meetings against Burnley in all competitions, picking up five wins and a draw.

Burnley last beat Arsenal in December 2008, with a brace from Kevin McDonald securing a 2-0 win at Turf Moor in the League Cup.

Arsenal have not lost a top-flight fixture against Burnley since 1974.


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