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.

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.

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“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)

“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."

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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.