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Premier League Brighton Hove Albion v Burnley

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Friday, August 9, 2019


Amex Stadium

Punter's Pick

The last game between these two sides ended in a 3-1 victory for Burnley, but generally goals are in short supply when these two sides meet so 8/11 with Bet365 for 2.5 goals and under looks to be a sensible option. Ashley Barnes is the man most likely on either side to find the scoresheet on either side and can backed with Betfair at 12/5 to find the net anytime.

In one of the less glamorous fixtures of the Premier League weekend, hardworking Burnley take on an improving Brighton side in a fixture both sides will fancy their chances of taking all three points.

Brighton look to get back to winning ways

After a rousing 3-0 win away at Watford on the opening day of the season backed up with a solid 1-1 draw at home to West Ham, Brighton have slipped to successive league defeats, albeit one of those at the Etihad Stadium against reigning champions Manchester City. Newly appointed manager Graham Potter has definitely instilled a change of philosophy in his side, moving away from the more direct tactics favoured by his predecessor Chris Hughton, as evident with target man and perennial top scorer Glen Murray playing a bit part role so far this campaign.

Achieving 46% possession against Manchester City, even in defeat, showcased the change Potter is trying to achieve, with his side now happy to play out from the back and build attacks more progressively. However back to back defeats would have jolted the new manager, and an early test of whether players are buying into this new philosophy will come against Burnley, a team that likes to press opposition sides intensely, giving way to temptation to go long and direct again.

Burnley continue to be Burnley

Despite two defeats in their opening four league games, Burnley have started the season by being Burnley – hardworking, tenacious, organised etc. – all adjectives regularly associated with Sean Dyche’s team.

Even in the two defeats his side can count themselves a little unlucky – a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal showcased Burnley at their best, as they scrapped and fought and made life extremely tough for their more illustrious hosts. A 3-0 defeat last time out against Liverpool was also a little bit harsh on Dyche’s men, as a combination of a fortunate opening goal and ruthless finishing from the Reds proved to be the difference between the two sides. If his team continue to perform to that level the Clarets will surely have a more comfortable season compared to their last campaign, where they flirted dangerously with the relegation places.

Team News

Burnley will be without on loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater, the former England international involved in a nightclub incident hours after the defeat against Liverpool which has ruled him out for a couple of weeks. Dwight McNeil is a concern with a hamstring problem, but key forward Ashley Barnes should have recovered from a groin injury and should start. Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains a minor doubt, but Robbie Brady is likely to return to the squad.

For the hosts Leandro Trossard suffered a groin injury while playing for Belgium during the international break and will miss out, but Ezequiel Schelotto has returned to training. Yves Bissouma and Jose Izquierdo both remain out with injuries.

Burnley to frustrate hosts

Manager Graham Potter will be desperate for his first win at the Amex Stadium, but in Burnley he may find a stubborn side difficult to break down, and with enough quality in the final third to ask questions of a defence with only one clean sheet so far this season. The Seagulls have failed to register a win against the Clarets since returning to the Premier League over four games, and have only scored once in those fixtures as well. It could be another frustrating afternoon at the Amex Stadium with Burnley more than happy to sit in and defend in numbers and take home a share of the spoils.

Punter's Pick

The last game between these two sides ended in a 3-1 victory for Burnley, but generally goals are in short supply when these two sides meet so 8/11 with Bet365 for 2.5 goals and under looks to be a sensible option. Ashley Barnes is the man most likely on either side to find the scoresheet on either side and can backed with Betfair at 12/5 to find the net anytime.

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