Brighton v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 05, 2019
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Burnley travel to Brighton on Saturday looking to end a run of two consecutive Premier League draws, and remain clear of the relegation zone. The Seagulls have done little better, and despite their advanced position in the table, are without a win in five games.
The Clarets came out on top when the two sides met back in December, with a rare goal from James Tarkowski proving to be the decisive moment.
Iran Jahanbakhsh is unlikely to earn a second consecutive start having featured for the club in the midweek FA Cup fixture. However, Dale Stephens and Bernardo are both expected to be available for Chris Hughton, having missed last weekend's draw with Watford.
Burnley fans will hope to see new signing Peter Crouch in action on Saturday, having completed a swap deal for Sam Vokes on deadline day. Sean Dyche's side have struggled offensively this season, and his 4-4-2 formation is suited to a target man.
Brighton v Burnley Preview and Predictions
With 25 games gone, just three points separate Brighton with their opponents on Saturday, Burnley. Although last season this would have been cause for celebration for Chris Hughton's side, this term the Clarets sit just two points clear of the bottom three, with relegation rivals Southampton and Newcastle in better form.
The Seagulls are currently in a deceptively dangerous position despite their 13th-placed spot in the table - and their recent results will be of even greater concern for the manager. Hughton's side didn’t win a single league game in January, and were taken to a replay following a goalless FA Cup draw with West Brom.
After a strong start to the season, Glenn Murray's goals have dried up somewhat, with his only strikes over the last 10 games coming in a 4-2 loss to Fulham. Subsequently, Brighton have struggled to put teams under pressure, inviting it upon themselves.
Fortunately for the seaside club, their opponents this weekend have had even worse luck in front of goal. Burnley's top scorer, Ashely Barnes, may be in good form, having scored in each of his last two games, but is still on just six for the season, whilst Chris Wood, who hit double figures last term has managed just four.
Peter Crouch's arrival will undoubtedly be encouraging to the Clarets, with the forward helping to earn the side's point-securing penalty against Southampton last weekend. At just 3/1 to score however, it remains to be seen whether the former England international provides enough firepower.
The two sides go into Saturday's game in similar form, and both in desperate need of three points. With a draw at 9/4, the playing field is relatively equal, although a win could be the difference between relegation or survival for either side.
Ashley Barnes to score anytime at 9/4
The Burnley forward may have just rediscovered his scoring touch at the right moment, with two on the trot.
Both teams to score at 21/20
Neither side has been prolific this season but with both needing three points they may be willing to risk pushing forward.