Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.

The Clarets head in to the weekend’s action off the back of a 1-1 draw midweek with top 4 chasing Leicester City.

Matej Vydra scored his first league goal in more than 1,200 minutes for the club in a performance which pleased manager Sean Dyche after his side were dispatched by Tottenham last weekend.

With a 6-point cushion to the dotted line, 15th placed Burnley are far from safe in the Premier League this season and are still 11-points off the fabled 40-point mark which traditionally signifies top flight survival.

It is not out of the question that the Clarets could still get sucked in to the relegation mix, but it is unlikely.

For Arsenal, they were as short as 20/1 with some bookies to go down this season – remarkable odds for a club of the Gunners’ stature.

In what has been an odd season for all top flight clubs, Arsenal’s indifference sees them perched smack-bang in the middle of the table in 10th.

Mikel Arteta’s side are almost certainly not going to make up the ground to finish in the Champions League places, but a Europa League finish is still on the cards if they can string a run of form together.

It has been a positive 10 days at the Emirates, with a dramatic victory over Benfica in the Last 32 of the Europa League followed up with an impressive 1-3 victory at Leicester.

It is a good time for Arsenal to find some form, with the North London derby against Spurs their next Premier League fixture bookended by home and away legs against Olympiacos – the side who knocked them out of Europe last season.

Any points at Burnley though will need to be achieved without Emile Smith-Rowe, who at present is the only major doubt for Arsenal ahead of the trip to Turf Moor.

As for the home side, Sean Dyche is without Ashley Barnes due to a thigh injury whereas Johann Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Jack Cork will all be assessed ahead of the visit of the Gunners.

Burnley v Arsenal is a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday 6th March.

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