By William Hill
Last Updated: 21st December 2018
The betting suggests a return to winning ways is on the agenda for Arsenal after successive defeats, but Burnley’s recently hatched north London nullification plan could spoil the party at the Emirates.
Unai Emery’s side are trading at odds of 2/9 to halt a run of two consecutive losses with a seventh victory over the Clarets in seven goes since the visitors’ first return to the Premier League in 2014/15.
Yet, heavy favouritism appears to overlook both how narrow the majority of their successes at the expense of Sean Dyche’s side have been and the fact that the gravelly-voiced gaffer hit upon a tactical tweak against Tottenham that could be used to frustrate the Gunners.
It came within minutes of doing the business at Wembley, but our Arsenal vs Burnley predictions and betting tips have a wager in mind that should cop even in the event of similar at-the-death misery here.
Arsenal vs Burnley predictions: Clarets’ 5-4-1 can spike hosts’ guns
Given the rep of Turf Moor’s finest as a well-organised outfit with an emphasis on the attritional, it comes as something of a surprise to learn, from Adrian Clarke of premierleague.com, that last weekend’s clash with Spurs was the first time Burnley had set up in the formation under Dyche.
It worked, with the Arsenal’s north London rivals limited to three shots on target by a side that, even after the game, have conceded a Premier-League-high average of 7.11 such efforts per outing in 2018/19.
After losing by a single goal in five consecutive clashes with the Gunners, Burnley were hammered 5-0 on their last visit to the Emirates, a result that, especially in the context of those that’ve followed, seemed to suggest the formidable resolve that’s kept them in the division was on the wane.
However, with the ultra-pragmatic, Spurs-slowing 5-4-1 at Dyche’s disposal and the stuttering Gunners having conceded in all bar one of their last 10 Premier League games, the draw starts to look like an attractive selection at odds of 5/1.
There’s the potential rabbit-out-of-a-hat goal-getting chops of prolific pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to consider of course and each are trading at just 7/10 in the anytime scorer betting for this encounter.
Taking the incisiveness of the francophone twosome into account, our Arsenal vs Burnley predictions and betting tips are following in the risk-averse thought patterns of the Clarets’ boss by putting up the visitors to win (+2) at 29/20, a bet that, after all, would’ve copped in five of the sides’ last six showdowns.