Brighton will host Burnley in a mid-table clash at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Seagulls are off to a shaky start to their season picking up just a single win in their campaign so far, winning 3-0 against Watford on the opening day. Since then, they drew with West Ham, lost to Southampton at home and got beat by defending champions Manchester City.Embed from Getty Images
After relieving long-serving manager Chris Hughton of his duties in the summer, the club hired Graham Potter to improve their style of play. So far, the results have been mixed and Brighton could get embroiled in the relegation battle if results do not improve.
Thus, facing Burnley at home provides the perfect opportunity to move up from 16th place in the table.
Coming to their opponents, Burnley are also in a similar situation, picking up just 4 points from 4 games. The Clarets beat Southampton in their first game of the season before failing to find a win against either of Arsenal, Wolves and Liverpool.Embed from Getty Images
Currently placed 12th in the table, Sean Dyche’s men will look to start picking up the pace as a bunch of relatively easier fixtures are on the horizon. They are expected to do better than last year due to the absence of any European commitments, which hampered their start last season owing to a small squad.
Thus, Burnley have a single-minded focus this season to finish as high as possible and will go for the win at the Amex Stadium this weekend.
In terms of team news, Potter could welcome Ezequiel Schelotto and Yves Bissouma back into the squad as they recover from a knee and shoulder injury respectively. Meanwhile, Leandro Trossard is out of the game while Jose Izquierdo is a long-term absentee.
For Burnley, Johann Gudmundsson is a doubt for the game while Dwight McNeil is expected to be fit. Robbie Brady could make it into the matchday squad after taking part in a couple of club games during the international break to gain match fitness. Finally, Daniel Drinkwater is another player who could miss out due to injury.
Head-To-Head and Brighton vs Burnley Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, Burnley have the upper hand in recent years over Brighton, with no losses in the last 7 games. The Clarets won 2 and drew 5 of those games, highlighting the closeness of the games.
Burnley did win both of the fixtures in the PL last season, a 1-0 win at home followed by a 1-3 win at the Amex Stadium. However, the matches between the sides are not usually high-scoring, with just 9 goals scored in the last 5 games.
Considering the form of both sides and their head-to-head, another low-scoring affair can be expected with both teams pushing for the win but ending up sharing the spoils.
Brighton Predicted XI: Ryan; Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, Bernardo; March, Maupay, Murray
Burnley Predicted XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood