Turf Moor - Premier League
Burnley welcome Brighton to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, with the two teams in very different form. The Clarets have slipped into into the relegation zone, while Brighton are up into the top half of the table.
Both of last season’s meetings between these two sides finished goalless, taking it to five consecutive draws between the sides. That run goes back to 2014 in the Championship, with Brighton winning three in a row before that.
Steven Defour faces a late fitness test on a knee injury, making the midfielder a doubt for this game. Nick Pope continues along the road to recovery, while Stephen Ward has been ruled out, also with a knee injury.
Shane Duffy is suspended for the visitors following his red card for a head butt against Crystal Palace in midweek. Glenn Murray is a doubt after hurting his shoulder, while there are also question marks over Bruno Saltor, Jose Izquierdo and Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Burnley v Brighton Preview and Predictions
Burnley are in free fall at the moment and are without a win since the end of September, plunging them right into the heart of the relegation dogfight. They’re in desperate need of a win, but they come up against a Brighton side who are looking for their third successive victory.
Few expected Burnley to get a result against Liverpool on Wednesday night, but the Clarets let a lead slip to go down 3-1 against Liverpool. They’re conceding goals at an alarming rate, letting in 32 goals already - only bottom club Fulham have shipped more.
The short-lived Europa League campaign has been and gone, but the results are still not picking up for Sean Dyche’s side. They are 2/1 to arrest their slide with a win on Saturday, with Brighton the slight favourites at 9/5.
The Seagulls survived going a man down against Crystal Palace on Tuesday to win 3-1 against Roy Hodgson’s side, and they find themselves only a few points off the European places after 15 games of the season. A draw would take the visitors to four games unbeaten, and that’s priced at 11/5 in the betting for this weekend’s encounter.
0-0 draw at 7/1
This result would be a third consecutive goalless draw between the two teams, so it’s certainly worth a look if you’re looking to predict the correct score in Saturday’s game.
Glenn Murray to score first at 9/2
There are doubts over the veteran striker’s fitness, but he’s the likeliest candidate to open the scoring if he’s fit to play, after netting eight Premier League goals already this season.