Arsenal takes on Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on 8/17/19 in English Premier League action.
When Arsenal joined the Football League, they were the first club from South of England to do so. Currently, they own the longest streak in the top flight, having been relegated only once ( in 1913) since reaching the first division in 1904. The Gunners are also one of the most decorated teams with a total of 13 League titles, 15 Community Shields, 13 FA Cups, 1 League Centenary Trophy, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Last season, Arsenal went 22-games from late August to the middle of December without dropping a contest. They ended up in 5th place in the final table and lost the Europa League Final to Chelsea. Arsenal enters this contest as the soccer betting favorites to beat Burnley on 8/17/19.
Here is Arsenal’s roster as of July 25, 2019:
1 GK Bern Leno, 2 DF Hector Bellerin, 4 MF Mohamed Elneny, 5 DF Sokratis Papastathopoulus, 6 DF Laurent Koscielny (captain), 7 MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 8 MF Dani Ceballos, 9 FW Alexandre Lacazette, 10 MF Mesut Ozil, 11 MF Lucas Torreira, 14 FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 15 MF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 16 DF Rob Holding, 17 FW Alex Iwobi, 18 DF Nacho Monreal, 20 DF Shkodran Mustafi, 21 DF Calum Chambers, 24 FW Reiss Nelson, 25 DF Carl Jenkinson, 26 GK Emiliano Martinez, 27 DF Konstantinos Mavropanos, 28 MF Joe Willock, 29 MF Matteo Guenduozi, 30 FW Eddie Nketiah, 31 DF Sead Kolasinac, MF Emile Smith Rowe, 33 GK Matt Macey, 34 MF Granit Xhaka, 35 FW Gabriel Martinelli, FW Takuma Asano
Odds from Titanbet.com as of 7/30/19
Burnley F.C. was one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888. This squad has won the English title only twice in its long history, doing so in 1921 and 1960. They also won the FA Cup in 1914, The Community Shield in 1960 and 1973, Along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth, they are one of only five teams to win all four divisions of English Football. During the last term, Burnley finished 15th in the Premier League with a total of 40 points earned. They also competed in the FA Cup, EFL Cup, and UEFA Europa League, their first qualification to a European Tournament in 51 years.
These are the players on the roster of Burnley FC as of July 11, 2019:
1 GK Tom Heaton (captain), 2 DF Matthew Lowton, 3 DF Charlie Taylor, 4 MF James Cork, 5 DF James Tarkowski, 6 DF Ben Mee (vice-captain), 7 MF Johann Berg Guomundsson, 9 FW Chris Wood, 10 FW Ashley Barnes, 11 MF Dwight McNeil, 12 MF Robbie Brady, 13 MF Jeff Hendrick, 14 DF Ben Gibson, 16 Steven Defour, 18 MF Ashley Westwood, 19 FW Jay Rodriguez, 20 GK Joe Hart, 21 FW Nahki Wells, 23 DF Erik Pieters, 25 MF Aaron Lennon, 26 DF Phil Bardsley, 27 FW Matej Vydra, 28 DF Kevin Long, 29 GK Nick Pope, 30 GK Adam Legzdins, 31 MF Josh Benson, 32 FW Agyei, 34 DF Jimmy Dunne, 42 MF Ali Koiki
These teams have played in a total of 107 head to head games. Arsenal has won 53 games while Burnley has 33 victories. These teams have played to a draw in 21 games. In their last 15 meetings though, Burnley has won just once and drawn once while Arsenal has won 13 times, including the last 10 meetings.
Arsenal is coming off back to back losses across all competition. The Gunners let a two-goal lead slip away against Real Madrid and the two teams finished with a 2-2 tie in normal time. Real Madrid won 3-2 in penalties. In their next game, Arsenal lost 2-1 to Lyon in their match at the Emirates Cup. Before that, the Gunners won three straight matches with an aggregate score of 8-1.
Burnley finished 15th in the Premier League during the last term and they finished the season with three losses and a draw in their last four outings while going scoreless in two of those games.
Jay Rodriguez is back for a second stint at Turf Moor. Rodriguez is coming off his best season to date with 22 goals during the 2018/19 Championship. Other than Rodriguez, Burnley has a squad that is almost similar to what they had during the last term. That’s going to be a problem as their rivals have done more to solidify their line-ups.
Arsenal’s had its ups and downs during this preseason but overall, the early signs have looked promising for the Northern London squad. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have found the back of the net in their exhibition matches. Unai Emery is slowly molding the team to its potential and they have looked good so far. I’m picking Arsenal to beat Burnley on 8/17/19. Prediction: Arsenal