Educated Guesswork: Arsenal v Burnley

Andi Foster previews Arsenal's clash with Burnley.

Following the midweek League Cup fixtures, Premier League action returns this weekend for the penultimate time before another international break.

With just under a quarter of the season gone, there is a lot of football left to play in the Premier League - and that will be of comfort to a number of clubs playing this weekend, but perhaps none more so than the teams playing at the Emirates in one of the 3pm kick offs on Saturday - Arsenal and Burnley.

Looking at the potential team sheets, there is little to suggest that Arsenal will drop points against newly-promoted Burnley, but lurking within the stats, could there be a glimmer of hope for Burnley fans? Let's take a look and see.

Arsenal have struggled to kick in to top gear so far this season with injuries and a World Cup hangover taking their toll.

Yet following a fortunate win last weekend (helped massively by suicidal defending from Sunderland), they find themselves in 5th place. And when you take into account their last minute win against Anderlecht you start to see that whilst being a long way from their top form, Arsenal could well have turned a corner.

However after scoring an average of just 1.75 goals per game at the Emirates yet conceding an average of 1.5 - there is a lot of work to be done.

Arsenal used to get around their problems by simply outscoring other teams, but so far this season Arsenal have failed on a number of occasions to find the cutting edge. Arsenal will see Saturday as a chance to build some more momentum by getting some goals and 3 points on the board. Burnley however will be looking to disrupt their plan.

The three newly promoted clubs have not fared well so far this season (with them taking up 3 of the bottom 4 places in the table) and as the bookies favourite for the drop, Burnley are winless and in desperate need of a push if they are to survive.

Burnley have played some good football, but have far too often found themselves outdone by stronger opponents. Burnley have scored an average of 0.5 goals per game away from home but have conceded an average of 1.75 goals per game and will have to substantially improve that record if they are to survive.

The last time Burnley faced Arsenal at the Emirates it resulted in a 3-1 win for Arsenal - and it's hard to see a result other than an Arsenal win on Saturday. Burnley will start to pick up points, but this will be another week on the bottom of the table for them.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 Burnley 1

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