Saturday’s Premier League football starts with a game at the Emirates as Arsenal host Burnley.
The Gunners had their long unbeaten run ended last weekend and then also lost midweek to Spurs, but will still be feeling confident of winning today’s clash. They are unbeaten in their last ten games against today’s opponents, winning nine of those.
That said, they do have defensive issues and Burnley have started to look like they are getting their mojo back after their brief flirtation with the Europa League.
We at Lap of the Odds think Arsenal will win, but they may have to wait to secure the three points. Burnley have been drawing at half time in two thirds of their away games this season while amazingly Arsenal have not led at halftime in any of their Premier League games.
With this in mind, we’ll take a punt on a draw at halftime and Arsenal winning at full time.
The late game is an intriguing clash, Manchester United now managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Cardiff, the team he managed for just half a season during which they were relegated.
We expect United to be liberated by the departure of Jose Mourinho and thus to play with a degree of freedom we haven’t seen all season. That said, their defensive issues remain unsolved and Cardiff are running into a bit of form, and will be aiming for their fourth home win on the trot.
Although we expect United to win today, we can’t get out of our minds their poor defending this season and don’t see how that can be corrected immediately. Thus we’re going to take a punt on Cardiff scoring, probably from a set piece.
Sol Bamba, Cardiff’s giant central defender, has netted twice this season and can be bet at a hefty 13/1 to do so today. We’ll take a risk.
Arsenal/Burnley: Draw at halftime, Arsenal to win at full time, 1 pt, at 17/5, Unibet
Cardiff/Man Utd: Bamba to score at anytime, 1 pt, at 13/1, Unibet
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