Mark Lawrenson makes intriguing Burnley prediction ahead of Arsenal clash

Burnley will head into their Saturday lunchtime clash against Arsenal in good spirits, after they picked up a hard-earned point against Leicester City earlier in the week.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:30 am

In his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster gave his scoreline tip for the game, and went with a 1-1 draw.

Explaining his choice, the ex-Liverpool star contended: “Burnley were much improved when they shared the points with Leicester on Wednesday, while Arsenal were very impressive when they beat the Foxes at the weekend.

“The Gunners will want revenge for their home defeat by the Clarets before Christmas, when they had Granit Xhaka sent off and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Burnley's winner with an own goal.

Mark Lawrenson's Burnley vs Arsenal predicition. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Mark Lawrenson's Burnley vs Arsenal predicition. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“It is a draw I am going for here, though, which will help keep Burnley edging away from the bottom three.”

Meanwhile, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, musician and Liverpool fan Ben Howard, tipped a 2-0 win for Arsenal, and claimed: "Arsenal were brilliant against Leicester and if they play like that again they are going to beat Burnley too."

The last time the Clarets secured a home win against the Gunners was back in 2008, when two goals from Kevin McDonald saw Burnley knock Arsene Wenger's side out of the League Cup.

A win for Sean Dyche's team this weekend could see them move to 14th place in the table, while a loss could open the door for the likes Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United to leapfrog them, in what is becoming an intriguing relegation battle as we move closer to the final ten games of the season.