After getting their Premier League campaign off to a winning start against Newcastle, Arsenal play host to Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.Even without being at their best, a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sufficient to take the points home from St. James’ Park last Sunday.Now Unai Emery’s side face a team renowned for being stuffy and difficult to play against, with the Clarets’ own top-flight adventure for the campaign beginning with a fine 3-0 home win over Southampton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Arsenal vs Burnley Date Saturday, August 17 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. It can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz, Kolasinac Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Ceballos, Ozil Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nelson, Pepe Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal; Willock, Guendouzi; Nelson, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette Position Burnley squad Goalkeepers Hart, Pope, Legzdins, Peacock-Farrell Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Gibson, Bardsley, Long, Senior, Pieters, Dunne Midfielders Cork, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Westwood, Lennon, McNeil Forwards Barnes, Wood, Vydra, Rodriguez Burnley starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, BarnesBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are 3/10 to keep their winning streak against Burnley going at bet365. A draw is priced at 9/2, while a Burnley victory is a 9/1 long shot.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Arsenal’s first home game of the 2019-20 Premier League season will pit them against perennial overachievers Burnley.Unai Emery’s side got their campaign off to a satisfactory start last weekend as they went to Newcastle and picked up a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but with their new signings to integrate into the first team, as well as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac to return to action, the Spaniard only expects his side to become stronger.“We need to improve. We were happy with the three points and we played seriously, but I want to improve on each position for us,” Emery admitted on Thursday.“We need to and can improve with the same players and other players who were out of that match. My idea is to be more competitive in each position.“We worked very well that match, above all defensively we worked very compact. The balance, we must improve.”Reaching the top four, and thereby securing Champions League football next term, is the chief goal for the Gunners before the end of May 2020.Burnley, meanwhile, begin the season with more modest aims. The Turf Moor side, first and foremost, must secure their place in the division, though if their opening weekend victory over Southampton is anything to go by, they will be hopeful of putting together the type of form that allowed them to reach Europe 12 months ago.While the Clarets are the type of side that Arsenal have traditionally struggled against in recent years, the Gunners are the only team that Dyche’s men have failed to win a point against since winning promotion back into the elite in 2016.“I didn’t know about that statistic, but we’ve been in the league long enough to get something from the lot of them, so hopefully that goes in our favour this weekend,” Dyche commented on Thursday.“But they are a good side, the manager is tweaking and changing things, and they are slightly more defensive, but still have the weapons to open up the game.“They are a top side, but we’ve shown before we can take points off the top sides.”With the Gunners having won the last ten Premier League fixtures between the clubs, they are going for an incredible eleven on Saturday. 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Still, there are some definite red flags here.As we move toward Week 1 at the end of the month, here are the five most overrated teams in this initial coaches pollNo. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On paper, Ohio State has a ton going for it. Come November, few will balk at the idea of the Buckeyes making yet another run to the Big Ten title game, and potentially the College Football Playoff. The Big Ten would certainly welcome it, given the conference’s recent struggles to get into the playoff picture.The No. 5 ranking is just too high given the questions the off-season presents, even if the answers may be compelling. It is far too easy to assume that Ryan Day will step right in and pick up where Urban Meyer left off. Lincoln Riley may have done just that at Oklahoma, but he has proven to be a rare offensive mind. If Day is Meyer from day one, or better, even, lightning will have struck twice in three years in college football.The Buckeyes also lose a Heisman-caliber quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, who may in fact be underrated in the college football world since he wasn’t quite Kyler Murray, Tua Tagovailoa, or Trevor Lawrence. Haskins put together a statistically historic season in his one year as Buckeye starter. Former No. 2 recruit Justin Fields may very well be a Haskins-level player, but like Day and Meyer, it is hard to just pencil that in. Fields has the pedigree, but he has very little game experience from his brief Georgia tenure.The Buckeyes may wind up being the fifth, or even the first, ranked team in the country. At this juncture, that kind of praise feels premature though.No. 6 LSU Tigers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)It is hard to look past Alabama’s dominance of the SEC West, but LSU took a nice step forward last year. Ed Orgeron has started to finally move the Tigers past the issues of the Les Miles era. Ending UCF’s undefeated streak in last year’s Fiesta Bowl was a solid capper to the 2018 season.Entering 2019, Orgeron has done some very nice things to try and complete this transition. His biggest splash may be bringing on New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady in as passing game coordinator, to try and revamp a passing game that has lacked explosion.He’ll work with second year starter Joe Burrow, who is a.) probably the best LSU quarterback in some time, and b.) part of the problem with that lack of explosion. While Burrow was an effective leader last season after transferring in from Ohio State, he completed a pretty mediocre 57.6-percent of his throws for a decent if unspectacular 7.6 yards per attempt. Burrow is better than what LSU has had, but he’ll need to take a big step forward himself for the Tigers to come anywhere close to breaking into college football’s top tier, even with a defense on the other side that is as stacked as ever.No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The end of the first great era of Penn State football under James Franklin may be upon us. If that’s the case, it came in two years.The first saw the departure of Saquon Barkley, one of the most dynamic running backs in program history, who is now dazzling in the NFL. Perhaps more impactfully, Joe Moorhead, who helped change the fortunes of Franklin’s program when he came over from Fordham, left to take over as Mississippi State head coach after the 2017 season.After last season, Penn State lost Trace McSorley, who is one of the best quarterbacks in program history, Barkley’s understudy Miles Sanders who was a very capable starting back, and a slew of others. Five starters departed for the NFL, and the team lost a bunch of depth with 11 players transferring. That includes some that would’ve played pretty big roles in 2019.Franklin is recruiting very well, and has Penn State rolling along. The team will probably be solid this year, with Sean Clifford stepping in at quarterback, and some dynamic running backs continuing that proud PSU tradition.Will PSU be a Big Ten East contender again? That seems doubtful. With Michigan tabbed to make a step forward, and Ohio State as talented as ever, the Nittany Lions seem set for a step back. The back end of the Top 25 may be more appropriate for this group.No. 16 Auburn Tigers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Gus Malzahn has bounced between the hottest hot seats and contract extensions for what feels like three decades now. As much of the already brutal SEC West improves around him, this season may finally be the one that does his tenure in.Auburn will always be measured against Alabama, which is quite unfair, but is reality with how heated that rivalry is. LSU has stabilized, even if I’m not sold on LSU stepping into the realm of the elite (see above), Texas A&M seems to be moving forward under Jimbo Fisher, and the two Mississippi schools seem to be on the upswing.Meanwhile, Auburn is spinning its wheels, on paper at least, and will need to rely on a very unproven quarterback. Redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix, a former five-star, are both very talented prospects, but are quite unproven.Whomever wins the job will be behind what was a very shaky offensive line last season, which returns three of five starters. The experience with those three may help them take a step forward, but the SEC West is unrelenting up front. The running back corps has talent, but struggled to really get things going behind that line last year.Malzahn has the reputation as an offensive guru and mastermind, but the team racked up less than 400 yards per game last season, in a sport where top offenses regularly top 500 on a weekly basis. The defense is very talented, although there is a big hole at linebacker.The young quarterbacks could help Malzahn save his job for another year if they show a lot, but that is a lot to ask.No. 25 Northwestern Wildcats (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)In a preseason that has thrown hype all over Nebraska, with stalwarts Wisconsin and Iowa (who are both Top 25 squads as well) also receiving attention, it is hard to not see Northwestern’s inclusion as a nod to the 2018 season.The Wildcats emerged out of nowhere to capture the Big Ten West last fall. It was an impressive season, considering improving depth in that division. Statistically, it also looks a bit fluky.Over the last few years, Northwestern has been one of the least explosive offenses in the entire country. Four-year starting quarterback Clayton Thorson, perhaps the team’s biggest departure, was a steadying influence, but didn’t provide the big plays that usually help teams win Power Five divisions. His replacement may have a higher ceiling, as former five-star Hunter Johnson gains eligibility after sitting out following a transfer from Clemson. Still, he is unproven.The advanced numbers really don’t like Northwestern as a Top 25 team. ESPN’s Football Power Index has the Wildcats at No. 52. Bill Connelly, formerly of SB Nation and now ESPN, has the S&P+ model based on a number of key metrics. That ranks Northwestern 57th.Obviously none of that matters if the Wildcats thrive, but it will be hard to repeat last year’s success if Johnson doesn’t make a difference in Northwestern’s big play ability, especially as basically every other team in the division, led by Nebraska, continues to improve. 2018 was a big year for Fitzgerald’s club, but it can’t just bet on repeating that success with the same model. NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For those who are eagerly counting down the days until college football is truly back, today was a big step forward. The 2019 preseason coaches poll is officially here.The very top of this first Top 25 probably doesn’t surprise too much. Clemson, for the first time in program history, will open the year at No. 1, in this one poll at least.They’re followed by quickly developing rival Alabama, the Tigers’ three-time national title game foe. SEC East power Georgia comes in at No. 3, followed by Big 12 power Oklahoma.It is hard to argue much there, but as we work down the preseason coaches poll, there are some programs that seem to be a bit higher than you might expect.A number of schools seem to be riding on reputation, or their success from 2018. To be fair, coaches have plenty to concentrate on before they deal with ranking other teams, so not everyone may be aware of the particular comings and goings from all of these rosters.