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Arsenal vs. Burnley - 8/17/19 English Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Burnley at Arsenal
Date & Time Saturday August 17, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)
Location
Emirates Stadium
London, England
The Line
Arsenal -500 / Burnley +1000 / Draw +600
TV Channel
NBC
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Arsenal are set to host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in North London. This is expected to be a big game for the Gunners as it will be their first home game of the season. 

Arsenal played a solid game in the opening round as they defeated Newcastle 1-0 away from home. It was an impressive display by the Gunners as they controlled 62% of the possession and completed 616 passes at an accuracy of 82%. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the star performer for Arsenal as he scored the winning goal in the 58th minute. Following some big transfers, there is great optimism around Arsenal and the fans should behind the team in their first home game. It is likely that players like David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe will make their home debut in this match. 

On the other side of the coin, Burnley also had a strong opening round as they defeated Southampton 3-0 at home. Ashley Barnes was outstanding as he scored 2 goals in 7 minutes to take the game away from Southampton. Burnley were clinical near goal and the forwards showed good form. That being said, the midfield played poorly for Burnley as they only had 46% of the possession and the pass accuracy was only 55%. The passing was a particular problem as Burnley were losing the ball too easily. This is expected to be a tough match for Burnley as they are playing an elite team away from home. 

Burnley and Arsenal played each other twice last season. Both matches were won by Arsenal. Both matches ended in a 3-1 scoreline which shows that Arsenal were significantly stronger than Burnley last season. 

Burnley had a strong win in the opening round but I see them losing this match. Burnley looked poor when they had the ball and their troubles in maintaining possession is likely to be costly against an elite team like Arsenal. Arsenal looked very impressive in the opening round and the team will be playing with confidence as they return to the Emirates. Arsenal have an outstanding record against Burnley and I see the Gunner continuing that trend by winning this match. 

Pick:
Arsenal

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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