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Arsenal head to Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday, in a fixture between two sides needing to find some form sharpish.
The Gunners’ stuttering EPL season won’t be missed once it comes to an end in a dozen games’ time.
Mikel Arteta’s men may have won two of their last three, but the bigger picture shows those successes over Leicester and Leeds as the only victories in six attempts.
No one was sniffing at last Sunday’s 3-1 success away to the Foxes, mind you, leaving the Londoners tenth in the Premier League table coming into the weekend.
Arteta has the luxury of a near-clean bill of health for the trip north, with the added bonus of not having been involved in the midweek EPL action.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a strong option to come back in up front, with bright young thing Bukayo Saka also left on the bench last weekend.
All eyes are on Arteta to see if his mind is drifting towards the Europa League knockout tie that follows their trek to Turf Moor.
Burnley are looking with increasing alarm over their collective shoulder towards the relegation zone, having gone four matches without a win.
The Clarets sit just six points above the dreaded dotted line and only rock bottom Sheffield United have scored fewer goals this season so far.
Sean Dyche’s side did at least add to Arsenal’s efforts in giving Leicester a headache, holding the Champions League chasers to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.
Ashley Barnes misses out up front through injury, with Matej Vydra also doubful with goals in short supply.
The home side will also need to assess Robbie Brady and Johann Gudmundsson, with both suffering from injury niggles.
Burnley vs Arsenal: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Burnley has picked up 6 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Burnley has scored 5 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Burnley has enjoyed playing at home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 3 games.
- Burnley will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Arsenal, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 1 and drawn 3
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Burnley recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Burnley has fired blanks in 14 games this season. That’s 54% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored just 5 goals.
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Burnley has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 1 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 7/26 games for Burnley this season.
- Burnley will need to improve their attack if they’re to get anything out of this game. They have not scored in the last 2 matches. During the last five games they have scored 5 times and overall this season they have scored 0.69 goals per game.
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 6 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Arsenal has scored 8 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Arsenal recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Arsenal has fired blanks in 10 games this season. That’s 38% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored an intriguing 8 goals.
- In the last 5 matches for Arsenal, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 11 matches (42% of all matches) involving Arsenal has seen BTTS landing.
Stats source: footystats.org
Burnley vs Arsenal: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Burnley vs Arsenal: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Burnley Starting XI: Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez.
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.