Burnley return to action at Arsenal
The Burnley side will play for the first time since January 8 when they head to Arsenal on Sunday after a number of postponements due to coronavirus.
And the Clarets begin life without Chris Wood after he departed for Newcastle, and their attacking options have also been hit by Maxwel Cornet’s inclusion in the Ivory Coast’s AFCON squad. Fellow forward Ashley Barnes is injured, while Dwight McNeil and Matej Vydra are rated as doubts.
The Gunners welcomed back some big names in midweek but they still slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi final. Arsenal’s silverware dreams appear over for the season but they are still in the hunt for a top four finish.
The hosts will be without suspended midfield pair Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka and they also have a few players at AFCON.
Arsenal can end four-game slump with room to spare
The Gunners are winless in their last four games, but they have played Manchester City and Liverpool, twice, during that run so there are perhaps no major causes for concern just yet.
Arsenal have won seven of their last nine at home and have beaten a -1 handicap in six of those victories and I’m expecting them to win with some room to spare against the Clarets.
The visitors are low on numbers in attack and of their available players only Jay Rodriguez has scored more than two goals this season. The Clarets have lost their last two Premier League games by two-goal margins, both of which were away from home, and it remains to be seen how they will perform after around two weeks without a game.
Arsenal Star, Saka can be Gunners danger man
Arsenal may have failed to score in their two games against Liverpool but they should be able to carve out a few chances against Burnley on Sunday and Bukayo Saka stands out as a potential scorer.
The 20-year-old England international has scored in each of his last three league appearances, with four goals in total in that time, and in the two games prior to that he provided an assist.
A 3-0 home win looks a reasonable option for correct score backers as the Clarets have conceded exactly three goals in their last two league games, while Arsenal have scored at least three goals in three of their last five Premier League outings.