Burnley vs ArsenalEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Sep 18, 2021, Turf Moor
ARSENAL finally got off the mark in the Premier League last weekend and desperately need to build some momentum by following it up with a win at Burnley.
After losing their first three games, the Gunners saw off fellow strugglers Norwich at the Emirates, although it was far from a convincing win as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal to bring up one of our man Tolu's bets.
The heat is still on boss Mikel Arteta and this tricky trip to Turf Moor provides a test of character his side have failed far too often since he replaced Unai Emery.
But the Arsenal boss is now getting most of his big hitters back from injury and illness, with the likes of Aubameyang, Ben White, Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Partey available once more.
It has also been a poor start to the season for Burnley, whose only win has come on penalties in the League Cup at Newcastle after a dreary 0-0 stalemate.
Sean Dyche's side have taken just a point from their first four Premier League games and it looks like being a long season, with the board's lack of investment in players undermining their hopes.
Most of the summer signings came in defence, with former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon the only notable addition further up the field. That lack of firepower has been evident so far, with just three goals scored from five games, although Dyche's forwards might fancy their chances against a leaky Gunners rearguard.
How the bookies view it
Burnley's poor form makes them outsiders for a win here and they are as big as 3/1 at Betfred. Arsenal's best price is 11/10 at SBK while the stalemate pays 5/2 with the same firm. I fancy the Gunners to edge this one with their stars back so I'll be backing them.
Recent head to head
Burnley are unbeaten in their last three games against Arsenal, with a 1-0 win at the Emirates last season (below) sandwiched between two draws at Turf Moor. But the Gunners bossed this fixture before that, winning 11 games in a row.
Players to watch
Dyche (below) has to keep asking the same old faces to deliver up front and Chris Wood could cause Arsenal's defence some problems with his height. The Kiwi is 2/1 at Bet365 for anytime scorer and 6/1 with the same firm to break the deadlock.
Martin Odegaard could be a big player for Arsenal after turning last season's loan deal into a permanent move from Real Madrid. The Norwegian playmaker is 16/5 at SBK for a goal but I'm more drawn to an assist at the same price with McBookie.
Anything else catch the eye?
This isn't a fixture that has delivered a lot of goals in recent seasons, with just three scored across the last three meetings. Both teams have also struggled for goals this season so under 2.5 goals appeals at 20/23 with Mansionbet, which looks decent for accas. Betting against BTTS is another good option at 21/20 with BetVictor.
Nine yellows and a red have been flashed in the last three meetings so this one could be a bit fiery. Over 2.5 cards looks good for accas at 8/11 with Bet365 while Josh Brownhill is overpriced at 11/2 for a card (Bet365) given he's been booked in the last two games.
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