England Premier League
Sunday 12th May 2019
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: Turf Moor
It’s pretty obvious after Arsenal beat Valencia 4-2 away in the 2nd leg of the Europa League semi-finals to win 7-3 on aggregate that they have been saving themselves for that competition. It is the only way to explain how The Gunners could beat the La Liga side so convincingly but be so poor in the Premier League of late.
Arsenal’s performances have steeped so low in the league that they seem unrecognisable even from Arsene Wenger’s darkest days. However the club will be in fantastic spirits having reached the Europa League final where they will play Chelsea in an all English final. This will be Arsenal’s first European final since they lost the Champions League to Barcelona in 2006.
Winning the Europa League will also be Arsenal’s only way to take part in next seasons Champions League given the task on hand to qualify via the Premier League. In short Arsenal would have to beat Burnley and hope Tottenham lose to Everton, and overturn a 8 goal-difference advantage to Tottenham.
The Gunners have gone 4 games without a win, losing three of those matches and their last game ended in a poor 1-1 result at home to Brighton who have been poor since December. What has also been worrying for Unai Emery is the amount of goals his side are conceding, 10 in their last 4 games. With the Europa League final coming up in just over two weeks time clearly that game will be on the players minds. Still if they win this game they will finish above Manchester United.
Burnley’s form has dipped but they have had some tough fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton. They have gone their last 3 games without a win. While the club have improved in recent weeks they have still lost 50% of their home games and the highest position that they can finish in would be 14th.
Burnley: Phillip Bardsley and Robert Brady are both in contention to return to the first team after respective knocks
Arsenal: Saed Kolasinac has a minor knock which he picked up in the Valencia game he will be assessed
Burnley vs Arsenal Head to Head:
Earlier in the season Arsenal eased to a 3-1 win at home.
Arsenal have won the last 9 meetings against Burnley.
Arsenal have scored 8 goals against Burnley in the last 2 meetings.
Burnley have not beaten Arsenal since 2008.
Burnley vs Arsenal Prediction:
Arsenal have the quality to win the game but at the same time this will be Burnley’s last home game of the season and they will want to put in a performance. Arsenal do not want a physical game and Emery may rest some of his key players, those playing will not be risking such a game if it turns like that. However Burnley have a very poor record over Arsenal, so this isn’t an easy game to call, because of that we will look into different markets.
Burnley vs Arsenal Betting Tips:
Anytime goalscorer: Chris Wood at 2.30
Corners: Over 9.5 at 1.72