Brighton v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 15, 2017
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
Brighton welcome high-flying Burnley to the south coast this weekend, and Chris Hughton's side are hoping to halt the visitors' impressive run.
There is little to pick between the two sides in terms of recent meetings, with their last three games ending as 2-2, 1-1 and 0-0 draws. Brighton were the last team to record a victory in this fixture thanks to a 2-0 victory in 2013, with Burnley's last win coming back in 2012.
Brighton boss Hughton has no new injury concerns as his side host Burnley, but he may look for a change of formation, as the Seagulls look to stop their recent run of poor form. Steve Sidwell remains the only long term absentee, as he recovers from back surgery.
Clarets manager Sean Dyche has a number of injury concerns as his side make the long trip south, with defence a particular area of concern. Stephen Ward, Matt Lowton and Ben Mee all face late fitness tests on knee injuries, but Robbie Brady, Dean Marney, Jon Walters and Tom Heaton are ruled out.
Brighton v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Brighton's recent form has been poor. With no win in their last six Premier League games, the Seagulls have lost their last three against Liverpool, Huddersfield and Tottenham. At home they're without a win since late September, and this will be a real concern for Hughton, particularly given Burnley's recent surge into the top six of the Premier League.
The Clarets have won six of their last eight Premier League games, beating Newcastle, Swansea, Watford and Stoke at home, and Brighton's neighbours Southampton and Bournemouth on the road. Burnley's great run sees them challenging for European places, so Dyche will be desperate not to fall to a defeat.
The Clarets will do all they can not to lose, meaning the most likely outcome here could be a draw, which is priced at 2/1. Despite Burnley's loft league position, Brighton are 17/10 favourites, while the visitors are 23/10.
Goals have been at a real premium for both sides in recent weeks, with Burnley scoring just four times in their last four games. Brighton meanwhile have scored just once in their last four. With that in mind, an under 2.5 goals bet looks to be a good option here, priced at 4/9.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Brighton cannot really afford to lose with a difficult festive period on the horizon, and Burnley may be willing to take a point and keep their good run going. The decisive factor here is likely to be Brighton's ability to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible, if they do that then they have a chance.
Ashley Barnes to score anytime at 11/4
Barnes was the hero with the late winner against Stoke, making it two goals in his last six games. He could be called into the starting line up for this game, given his goalscoring impact and the injury to Brady.