Burnley v Arsenal – Turf Moor at 17:30 live on Sky Sports 1
Sean Dyche and his Burnley team host the red half of North London this weekend, after they nicked a draw at home against Spurs in a drab encounter last weekend. But Asian Handicap Betting punters enjoyed the match thanks to a winning bet on Burnley, can they deliver a profit for us again this week?
The Clarets sit on the edge of the relegation trap door at the moment but with just 3 points covering them in 19th and Sunderland in 15th, there’s still time for them to extend their Premier League status for another season at least.
Unfortunately, their current league form is abysmal with just one win in ten and having picked up just six points in that period they are bottom of the form table and odds on with the bookies to be relegated back to the Championship.
But despite playing Arsenal this week and Everton next week, their run in to the end of the season is significantly easier than a number of their relegation rivals. With games against Leicester, Hull and Aston Villa still to come they are very much masters of their own destiny.
If they can take all three points against each of those direct relegation rivals they could well avoid the drop on the last day of the season. Plus, with West Ham and Stoke as the other two matches they have left, the Premier League scheduling computer has been very kind to Dyche and his team.
The Gunners on the other hand are firing at the moment, they sit comfortably at the top of the from table with nine wins from ten games, with the most impressive coming over the Easter weekend when they blew away Brendan Rodgers Liverpool by four goals to one at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger’s side have not been quite so destructive away from home, with their last three wins on the road coming by just a single goal each time. Previous to that they had lost at Spurs, Southampton, Stoke, Chelsea and Swansea so are far from infallible on their travels.
Wenger could be forced to make a few changes to the side which beat Liverpool so convincingly because Aaron Ramsey and Lorient Koscielny are both struggling with minor injuries. However, the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy are all available for selection.
Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns and is likely to name an unchanged side from last week, although Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Ross Wallace are all nearing a return to full fitness just in time for the final push for safety.
In terms of the value in this match, Arsenal are understandably short with the bookies and the main Asian Handicap Betting line has been set at -1 for the visitors. Perhaps unexpectedly, the Gunners have only covered a -1 line in three of their 16 away games.
Burnley themselves have only lost by two or more three times in their 16 home games and with victories at home against Manchester City and Southampton, along with draws to Manchester United and Spurs, they should not be daunted by the arrival of Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Arsenal should and probably will win this match but Burnley know how to make life difficult for the big teams and with all the value in the market firmly on the home team, we’ll be backing them to keep the score close if nothing else.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Burnley +1 at 2.02
Prices correct at the time of writing.
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