Sports Betting Weekly

Burnley v Arsenal

When: Saturday, 11 April 2015 @ 23:30 (FINISHED)
Where: Turf Moor
Following their thumping 4-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, second-placed Arsenal will be hoping forge an unlikely run of form which could see them take on leaders Chelsea, with manager Arsene Wenger stating they will need a 100% record if they are to stand any chance of winning the title.

The Gunners have now won six straight league matches, showing the form of previous Arsenal sides that have gone on to win trophies on the domestic front, and – but for an awful start to the season where Wenger’s team won five out of a possible 14 in all competitions – there would have been a strong chance that this game could have proved to be pivotal in the race for first place.

Although highly improbable, even now it’s still not entirely inconceivable that Arsenal could win the league, as Chelsea have a run of fixtures that hasn’t exactly left their rivals green with envy – the Blues have to face Manchester United and Liverpool while also making the short trip to the Emirates before the season is out.

Arsenal’s upturn in form is partially down to the excellent recent performances of striker, Olivier Giroud, who now has 18 goals in 28 games for the season – with an incredible 10 in his last 10. He is 4/1 to score first at Turf Moor, 11/10 to score anytime in the game and 25/1 to bag a hat-trick.

Though a late title bid from the Gunners does seem unlikely, while it’s still mathematically possible, Arsenal will chase top spot until the final kick of the season. In extreme contrast at the other end of the table, Burnley also need all the points they can get, but for completely different reasons.

Having spent significantly less than fellow promoted sides Leicester and QPR, it seemed from day one that Burnley started this season with one eye firmly on being in good shape in the Championship should they go straight back down, with the club now completely financially stable.

While QPR have received a timely boost in their efforts to stay in the Premier League by claiming four points in two away games to fellow strugglers West Brom and Aston Villa, it is Burnley who have claimed the most plaudits for their determination and effort. The Clarets are now only two points off safety – level with QPR and four points better off than rock-bottom Leicester.

However, this may be a game that has to be written off for Sean Dyche’s side when you take into account Arsenal’s superb form and the fact that despite claiming credible draws at home against Tottenham and Manchester United – while also defeating Manchester City – Burnley have only mustered four wins at Turf Moor all season.

The bookies feel the same and Arsenal are odds-on at 4/7 to get the win, with Burnley tipped at 6/1 to claim an unlikely three points and the draw on hand at 17/5. Given the formbook, Arsenal to win by two goals seems like good value here and is available at odds of 7/2.