Burnley v Arsenal : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 17-09-2021 7:52 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 17-09-2021 07:52 PM (1 month ago)

Date: Saturday 18th September, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm
Stadium Turf Moor
Referee    Anthony Taylor (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News

Despite their physicality and strength over opponents, Sean Dyche was tactically outclassed by Rafael Benitez in the last game, with Burnley losing 3-1 to Everton. Will that result spark a change of tactics from Dyche for the Arsenal game? Not likely, as the manager will stick to his tactics and the standard 4-4-2 formation to dismantle the Gunners.

Dyche would have looked at Brentford closely during their win over Arsenal, and he could similarly deploy his high pressing, physical forwards against the Gunners. In terms of personnel, the Burnley manager is expected to name an unchanged side from the Everton clash.

However, Dyche could yet decide to give new signing of Maxwel Cornet his debut for the club and deploy him at left-back in place of Charlie Taylor. Even if he does not start, coming on as a substitute remains a highly probable outcome.

Meanwhile, another new arrival Nathan Collins remains in contention but is unlikely to replace either Ben Mee or James Tarkowski in the lineup. In terms of injuries, Connor Roberts, Kevin Long and Dale Stephens are unlikely to feature, while Burnley have no suspensions to deal with.

Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Cornet; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes

Mikel Arteta will have plenty of tinkering to do ahead of the Burnley clash. The Arsenal manager does realise Norwich and Burnley play different styles and may have to tweak his style. Looking back at the Brentford game, he might have made a mistake by deploying a back four instead of a back three.

Burnley have a similar set of strikers, who are physical, like to press and superior in the air. Considering Ben White is not good at winning aerial duels, Arteta might think about a back three with Gabriel, Takehiro Tomiyasu and White. Although if the Arsenal manager decides to emphasise attack and shape, then a back four is a possibility.
Even if he uses a back four, Tomiyasu is expected to play close to White to protect the defence from Burnley’s aerial threat. It could well be a back four with the same that started against Norwich. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsdale is expected to keep his place ahead of Bernd Leno in goal.

Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny are the only injury casualties, while Granit Xhaka serves his suspension. Arteta will make a late decision on his preferred central midfield pairing, with Thomas Partey seemingly fit to start. However, the Spaniard will keep an eye on the North London Derby and want to protect Partey, as the Ghanaian only recently returned from an ankle injury.

Alternatively, Ainsley Maitland-Niles could keep his place alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga in central midfield. Arteta could make slight changes to attack while retaining most of the starters against Norwich. Nicolas Pepe could make way for Emile Smith Rowe, while Bukayo Saka could be shifted to the right.

Martin Odegaard will certainly keep his place as the creative orchestrator in the side, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expected to lead the line. Alexandre Lacazette is a great option for such games, but the captain will start owing to his recent form.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe; Aubameyang

Key Stats
Burnley have dropped eight points from winning positions in this Premier League season.
Burnley have scored just eight goals in 14-Premier League games against Arsenal, never more than one in a single match.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions against Burnley.
Arsenal have won none of their last three Premier League games against Burnley, scoring just once during that period.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight goals in seven Premier League games against Burnley while also netting one own goal during this period.

Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Arsenal

Posted: at 17-09-2021 07:52 PM (1 month ago) | Hero