GET ready for another set of Premier League fixtures this weekend as the festive schedule begins to bite.
With midweek action to come next week, we’re focusing on getting you betting tips for Sunday’s big clash at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette can score against Burnley to ease the pressure on boss Mikel ArtetaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Arsenal vs Burnley, Sunday 7.15pm
It’s not quite Christmas just yet, but Mikel Arteta is skating on thin ice.
That defeat left the Gunners languishing in 15th place, winless in four games and with just one goal in that period.
Burnley meanwhile toughed out a 1-1 draw with Everton to at least get back on track after a 5-0 mullering at Man City the weekend before.
Sean Dyche’s men are also struggling for goals though, with just five scored in 10 top-flight matches this campaign.
This feels like a huge match for Arteta who is now 6/1 to be the next Premier League manager dismissed.
At the beginning of November, you could get 50/1 on the same market.
We’d recommend a little play on that before it shortens some more – because the crisis at Arsenal isn’t going away anytime soon, even if they beat the Clarets.
Don’t go anywhere near the 4/7 on a Gunners win, especially as they’ve lost their last three on the bounce at home.
Giroud has been on fire in Europe for the Blues since joining the club from rivals Arsenal
Burnley might not be much threat going forward, but they can frustrate Arsenal here and the longer things stay 0-0, the nervier the 2,000 fans allowed into the Emirates will get.
History isn’t on Burnley’s side – they’ve lost on their last eight visits to North London and conceded at least two every time – but we’re backing them to at least give Arsenal a proper game.
They’ve kept two clean sheets in their last three away games and we really like the 7/4 on the game being 0-0 at half time.
Even if the Gunners do sneak the result, we hardly see a blowout – especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking a shadow of himself.
Back under 2.5 goals at 20/23 as Arsenal were clueless last week against Spurs despite sending in 44 crosses into the box – the most by any club this season.
Alexandre Lacazette came closest in the derby loss, his glancing header tipped wide by Hugo Lloris.
Aubameyang is 11/10 to score anytime but leave that well alone until he finally finds his form again.
Instead back Lacazette at a more tempting 13/10 – the Frenchman got back among the scorers last week in the Europa League and looks the more likely of the two.
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*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.
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