Kick-off: 1230, 22/12/2018
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Arsenal vs Burnley
Arsenal are expected to get their bid for a Premier League top-four finish back on track when entertaining struggling Burnley at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have won the last eight head-to-head encounters between these teams, prevailing 5-0 in the most recent of those meetings here in May.
Punters can get Evens for another home win to nil this weekend and that is our first Arsenal vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Unai Emery’s up-tempo tactics do sometimes leave Arsenal vulnerable at the back, especially on the road, and they paid the price when going down 3-2 at Southampton.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan twice pulled the Gunners back level at St Mary’s Stadium, but there was to be no recovering from Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute decider.
Emery described that result as a “big reality check” after previously going 22 games without defeat in all competitions.
“It’s not a good result, but this reality gives us more motivation to continue to work hard, finding a new thing to work on each day,” said the Frenchman.
“It also makes us demand a lot from ourselves in the way we work on this way.”
As learning curves go, though, Emery’s introduction to the Premier League has generally been very positive and we feel the Gunners can rally here.
Everton, Watford and Huddersfield have all tasted defeat at this venue and failed to score in the process.
The first couple of those games finished 2-0 and 6/1 for a repeat of that scoreline takes the eye from the Arsenal vs Burnley odds.
Last Arsenal EPL line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Monreal, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Aubameyang.
Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Emile Smith Rowe (hip), Hector Bellerin (calf) and Shkodran Mustafi will all be missing.
The Gunners will assess the fitness of Sead Kolasinac (thigh) and Mkhitaryan (ankle).
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley couldn’t build on a 1-0 triumph over Brighton, which ended an eight-match winless run, when going down by the same score at Tottenham, but it was a brave effort at Wembley.
The Clarets held firm until Christian Eriksen fired in an injury-time winner and Sean Dyche praised the resilience shown.
He said: “The players overall probably deserved something from the game. They are disappointed more that finally you get done by what is just a lump down the pitch.
“Spurs are a really good side with a passing style, but they ended up playing long a lot and that’s credit to us, we kept the lines tight.
“We came down here with a tactical platform and that’s pleasing from a manager’s point of view, but you still come away with nothing in the end.”
The visitors have regularly been caught out by midfielders making runs from deep in recent weeks, so 5/1 for Aaron Ramsey to net the final goal in this game completes our Arsenal vs Burnley betting tips.
Last Burnley line-up: Hart, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Bardsley, Long, Cork, Brady, Westwood, Lennon, Barnes.
Aaron Lennon is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery, Steven Defour (calf) is still doubtful, while defender Stephen Ward (knee) and goalkeeper Nick Pope (shoulder) are sidelined.
Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are carrying knocks but remain in contention.
Southampton 3-2 ARSENAL – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (2)
Tottenham 1-0 BURNLEY
Head-to-head: Arsenal 5-0 Burnley, Burnley 0-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-1 Burnley, Burnley 0-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-1 Burnley, Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
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