Amex Stadium - Premier League
Two teams both looking for their second victory of the new Premier League season come together this weekend, as Brighton host Burnley at the Amex Stadium. Both sides lost to the two title favourites just before the international break, Manchester City and Liverpool, making this is a much better chance for some points.
Burnley won both of the meetings between the clubs last season, beating Brighton 1-0 at Turf Moor before a 3-1 success in the return. There were two goalless draws between the teams the year before in the Premier League, and three more draws before that in the Championship.
Seagulls manager Graham Potter is hopeful Yves Bissouma will be fit for this game after a shoulder injury, although Jose Izquierdo continues to be plagued by fitness problems. Leandro Trossard is expected to be out for another couple of weeks, while Ezequiel Schelotto should be back in early October.
Robbie Brady missed out on the Republic of Ireland’s fixtures during the international break in the hope of being fit for this game, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dwight McNeil are also hopeful of being available. Danny Drinkwater misses out after reportedly damaging ankle ligaments in an alleged late-night incident outside a nightclub.
Brighton v Burnley Preview and Predictions
While Brighton boss Potter is attempting to evolve his team’s playing style with some signs of success so far, Burnley are sticking to their tried and trusted way of playing under Sean Dyche. This has usually been a close fixture over the last few years, but will the change of Seagulls manager play a part this weekend?
The home fans will certainly hope it changes their fortunes against Burnley after those two defeats last term. The Clarets were a cut above Brighton on this ground in February, with Chris Wood scoring a brace before Ashely Barnes made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, with Shane Duffy’s strike soon after proving to be nothing but a consolation.
The two teams have identical records so far this season, winning and drawing once, with two defeats to their names. Burnley have had the tougher fixtures though, facing Arsenal and Wolves away, before their defeat at home to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.
Brighton meanwhile suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to fellow south coast outfit Southampton in their last home game, before a comprehensive 4-0 defeat away to Manchester City. The home team are the favourites to get back on the winning trail here though, priced at 11/10. Burnley are available at 13/5, while the draw is 11/5.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/6
Neither of these teams are known for being prolific scorers, and this bet would’ve paid out in three of the four Premier League meetings between the clubs over the past two seasons.
0-0 draw at 7/1
With this game expected to be a low-scoring affair, this result could be worth a look after a pair of goalless draws between the teams during the 2017/18 campaign.