Burnley (9-3-12) vs Arsenal (6-12-6)
Premier League: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 9:00 am EST (Turf Moor)
Lines and Odds: Burnley +288/Arsenal +103 | Over: -106; Under: -102
Free EPL Pick Burnley vs Arsenal
Arsenal are still looking to find their groove under Mikel Arteta as they visit Burnley who are level on points but sit 3 places below them.
Burnley were eliminated from the FA Cup by newly promoted side Norwich City who sit bottom in the EPL standings but that result came only after spectacular victories in the league against Leicester City at home (2-1) and Manchester United away (2-0), though those victories against teams who are both in the top 5 were very surprising considering Burnley had lost their previous 4 league fixtures on the trot. Their results have been very inconsistent and they will face a difficult side at the weekend.
Arsenal had started the season very disappointingly under Unai Emery as their defensive frailties continued despite the summer signing of veteran centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea. The signing of manager Mikel Arteta seems to have infused some freshness into the Gunners as they try to find a place in the top 6, if not top 4. That is not to say that he has facilitated a complete turnaround but signs of improvement are very visible as Arsenal have lost just once in 8 games in all competitions since Arteta took over. The Gunners have drawn their last 3 league fixtures after an impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United at home, a game in which they played some beautiful football.
Arsenal are expected to play against Burnley with their newfound intensity and are favourites to take away all 3 points from Turf Moor.
Free EPL Prediction Arsenal vs Burnley
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Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners at home when these sides met in the reverse fixture in August with Aubameyang’s second-half goal proving the winner after Ashley Barnes had cancelled out Lacazette’s early opener towards the end of the first-half. Burnley typically let Arsenal have most of the ball but still created plenty of chances to threaten Unai Emery’s side.
Burnley have a lethal goalscorer in Chris Wood who has hit double figures for the club and will look to continue his goal-scoring exploits to try and get something out of this game.
Arsenal have their answer to Burnley’s talisman in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then some with the Gabonese international slotting in 14 times for Arsenal this season. He has shown time and again that he is world-class and his team’s offence is very dependent on him.
Sean Dyche has to contend with the absence of Ashley Barnes, Gudmundsson and Pjillip Bardsley all of whom are sidelined due to injury.
Predicted line-up: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork; McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.
Arsenal’s struggling defence is not helped by the fact that their injury list includes, besides Reiss Nelson, 4 defenders in Shkodran Mustafi, Keiran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers.
Predicted line-up: Leno; Saka, Luiz, Papastathopoulos, Bellerin; Xhaka, Torriera, Ozil, Aubameyang, Pepe; Lacazette.