Burnley will look to end Arsenal’s top four hopes when they host the Gunners at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Clarets overcame a tough start to the season and found themselves safe from relegation on the final day. Sean Dyche’s men are currently in 15th place, with 40 points from 37 games.
Burnley vs Arsenal Match Prediction
They are 9 points clear from the drop and are 2 points behind Newcastle. Thus, they could look to finish 14th if results go their way. The final game of the season against Arsenal will provide Dyche’s side with another opportunity to lay the foundation for a much better season next time around.
Coming to their opponents, Arsenal threw away their chance of finishing in the top four by going off the boil in recent weeks. The Gunners have failed to win any of their last four games in the league and now face a difficult situation to finish 4th in the PL table.
Burnley vs Arsenal Head to head score
Unai Emery’s side are currently in 5th place, with 67 points from 37 games. They trail 4th-placed Tottenham by 3 points and are ahead of Manchester United in 6th by a single point.
Even if Tottenham lose to Everton in the final game of the season, the Gunners need an 8-goal swing in goal difference to finish in the top four. Thus, they will have to thrash Burnley while expecting an in-form Everton to do the same at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
While this is improbable, it is not impossible. However, this is not the only way Arsenal can qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. They are currently through to the finals of the UEFA Europa League, where they are going to face fellow English side Chelsea in the final.
A victory in that final will clinch automatic qualification into next season’s UCL. Thus, the North London side do have two ways of achieving their season’s target.
Injuries during match
In terms of team news, winger Aaron Lennon is expected to miss out as he enters the final stage of recovery from a knee injury. Midfielder Steven Defour is expected to be back for preseason while wideman Robbie Brady is expected to miss out with a muscle injury.
Right-back Phillip Bardsley is expected to be fit for the game. Meanwhile, Arsenal will be expected to rotate after their Europa League exertions on Thursday.
Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees, Denis Suarez has returned to Barcelona to deal with a hip injury, and midfielder Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for the club.
Burnley vs Arsenal Prediction scores
In terms of head-to-head, Arsenal have won each of their last nine meetings with Burnley. Further, the Gunners are unbeaten in their previous three games across all competitions, having lost the three matches before that.
Burnley’s form is the exact opposite, winless in the last 3 and three wins out of 3 before that. Further, the Clarets will fancy their chances, considering Emery’s side have lost 2 of their previous three away games in the PL.
Finally, Burnley scored in 13 of their last 15 games, with the shutouts coming against Manchester City and Everton recently.
Thus, the match-up is more even than what one would expect; however, the Gunners should have enough firepower to see this through.
Burnley Predicted XI: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette