[11th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Burnley – Arsenal
Burnely’s Matt Taylor could return to action after rupturing his Achilles tendon back in August while Ross Wallace and Steven Reid are questionable. Arsenal will more than likely be without Laurent Koscielny while keeper Wojciech Szczesny could be fit enough only for a spot on the bench as Ospina remains in form between the sticks for the North London side. Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, and Jack Wilshere are expected to be fit for the Gunners as well.
Head-To-Head The contest will be the 100th meeting between the two sides, with Arsenal having won 45 of them to Burnley’s 33 but Arsenal haven’t won at Turf Moon since 1973, losing one and drawing the three with the Clarets. Burnley have only 1 win in their last 10 games, losing 6 of them but the Clarets can boast 4 points and 2 clean sheets in their last 2 home games. Burnley’s 26 points on the season is also split evenly from teams in the top and bottom half of the table. The Clarets have conceded the most headed goals at 17 and goals from corners at 11 this season, both of which are the worst in the Premier League. The Clarets have also used the same starting XI players in 16 matches this season, 9 more times than the next most, 20th place Leicester.
Arsenal have won 7 straight Premier League games heading into the fixture, scoring 17 in the process which is a streak only matched and bested by their run as the Invincibles 11 seasons ago. The Gunners come into the match with the exact same record as they did last season after 31 games but are the only side in the Premier League that has not lost to a team in the bottom half of the table, although 10th place Stoke City could become one if the Potters slip into the bottom half with a loss to West Ham. Arsenal’s 20 goals from set pieces is a league high. Arsenal can boast two men in form right now as Mesut Ozil has scored 3 and assisted 4 in his last 8 games for the club, while striker Olivier Giroud has 10 goals in 10 games for the club across all competitions including a goal in each of his last 6 Premier League games.
Prediction: Arsenal are just too hot at the moment. It will be a tight game but the Gunners, and Giroud, should come out on top.
Burnley 0-1 Arsenal