Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Arsenal

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  • Burnley have one win in their last 10 PL games
  • Arsenal is on their best run since March 2004
  • Giroud has scored in six-straight PL matches

Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) hoping to take yet another big scalp as their quest for Premier League survival continues.

The Clarets have beaten Manchester City and Southampton at home, plus they’ve secured 0-0 draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in home games this season but they will be coming up against a red-hot Arsenal side who has won seven-straight games and are chasing down Chelsea at the PL’s summit. Arsene Wenger’s men will not underestimate Burnley but will be fully expecting a win in Lancashire against Sean Dyche’s side.

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Burnley could be boosted by a trio of players returning from injury with Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Ross Wallace back in contention. Arsenal should have Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby back in the squad but Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny are doubts.

What they’re saying

Dyche on how his side prepare for Arsenal: “I think it’s like all the games, you’ve got to believe in what you do and the way you work and the players have got to show that when the whistle blows. I think we’ve done pretty well with that over the course of the season and our points tally against the superpowers and the more powerful teams has been reasonable for a club coming into this division.”

Wenger on chasing down Chelsea: “It’s interesting that we are in good form and it’s interesting that we have a good team dynamic. Hopefully we can maintain that until the end of the season, then we will see where we stand. We look behind us and people are chasing us, in front of us there’s quite a big distance with Chelsea but we work very hard to reduce that. They have a difficult schedule and we have a difficult schedule. What we can only do is master our own schedule.”

Prediction

Anything other than an Arsenal win would be hugely surprising but Burnley could nick a draw if they keep things tight. However, the Gunners possess too much firepower and I’d expect Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to rip the Clarets apart. 3-1 to Arsenal as the y will pile the pressure on PL leaders Chelsea.