Burnley vs Arsenal
If there is one Premier League game this weekend where you can identify it as a potential shock result then it's Burnley versus Arsenal in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday afternoon at Turf Moor. Both teams have had torrid starts to their seasons with both sides currently positioned in the bottom five places in the league but can we expect a struggle for the away team here with the home team having the better of the results over recent times?
Burnley come into this game in 18th place with just 1 point earned from their opening 4 league games. Sean Dyche's team are becoming synonymous with slow starts. In fact, the rumours that he injects Bovril and tar into his players as preparation for a league season are fast looking more realistic with every passing campaign. The Clarets are without a win in 12 league games at home and have already dropped a division-high 8 points from winning positions this season. The team has only managed 16 goals in 21 league home matches. General form in the league is also pretty rancid with Burnley only winning 4 of their last 23 top flight matches. Each of those wins came away from home. However, they are unbeaten against Arsenal in the past three meetings.
Arsenal continue to stumble through life in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta's side picked up their first 3 points of the season in their 1-0 win at home against newly promoted Norwich but it was far from commanding. The win moves the Gunners up to 16th in the table but huge question marks still hang over the future of Arteta with Arsenal fans adamant his time is up. If Arsenal lose this game then it'll be the first time that they've lost their opening three away league games to a season since 1954. The opening goal could be key in this game with Arsenal losing 15 of the last 21 top flight matches where they have conceded first. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is certainly a contender for anytime scorer having bagged 8 goals in 7 league games against Burnley.
On paper, this should be a game where Arsenal waltz away with 3 points but Burnley appear to have Arsenal's number under Arteta. I think the only thing that could be Arsenal's saving grace here is that Burnley are in awful form themselves, especially at home. I'm not sure either team has the capabilities or confidence to win this game so I'm going to back a rather dull and depressing bore draw.
Draw @ 3.75 with SpreadEx
Anytime Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang @ 2.50 with Betfred