Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Arsenal
Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, October 2 – 16:30 BST (11:30 ET)
Match Odds: Burnley 15/2 – Draw 19/5 – Arsenal 4/11
Burnley will be full of confidence. They were given little hope by many ahead of their game against Watford last time out, but won 2-0 and picked up a valuable three points.
Sean Dyche’s side sit 13th, already four points ahead of the bottom three. They must make Turf Moor a difficult place to visit to ensure they pick up as many points as possible early in the season.
Burnley know they’re in for a tough one this weekend. They have lost their last four games against Arsenal, but they will be looking to frustrate their opposition here and come away with a positive result.
Arsenal couldn’t be more confident heading into this tie. They destroyed Chelsea last weekend, ending a long winless run against their London rivals and will be looking to mount a title challenge off the back of that result.
Arsene Wenger will be pleased with how his side have performed over their last four league games, they have taken maximum points and scored 12 goals along the way.
Arsenal have to kick on and look to take all three points in games like this if they are to mount a successful title challenge this season.
The Gunners haven’t looked as dangerous and clinical in front of goal as they did last weekend for some time. If Burnley give them chances here they will be punished.
Burnley have just the one injury concern as Ashley Barnes looks set to remain out.
Arsenal still have a whole host of injuries. Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin are all expected to miss this tie.
Burnley’s last five: W/L/D/L/W
Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last four matches against Burnley.
Key Player: Theo Walcott – The Englishman has been in fine form. He is thriving having Wenger’s confidence instilled in him and looks dangerous every time he comes forward.
Burnley 1-3 Arsenal – This one looks like it has the makings of being one step too far for Burnley. They have looked bright in games this season and certainly don’t look set for struggles in the coming weeks so long as the squad remains fresh and morale stays high. Arsenal have to take all three points in this one to keep pace at the top.