Burnley v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 24, 2018
Turf Moor - Premier League
Europa League chasing Burnley host Brighton this weekend and Sean Dyche's men look determined to fulfill their European dream for 2018-19.
This game ended in a 0-0 draw when these two sides faced each other on the south coast earlier this season, with the last four games between them ending as a draw.
The last win in this fixture was a 2-0 home Brighton victory in 2013.
Burnley's only new absentee through injury is on loan Tottenham midfielder Georges N'Koudou, who has a hamstring problem.
Long term injury victims include Robbie Brady, Ben Mee and Scott Arfield and Steven Defour, who are not expected back until May at the earliest.
Brighton are without midfield pair Isiah Brown and Steve Sidwell, who will not be back in action until the start of the 2018-19 campaign. Dutch international Davy Propper serves the final game of his three game suspension.
Burnley v Brighton Preview and Predictions
The Clarets have Europe in their sights, currently in seventh in the Premier League, if they can hold on to that spot they will be in the Europa League next season.
Brighton had been an unlikely challenger for a European place up until a few weeks ago, but their recent run of no wins in their last five Premier League games has seen them drop off the pace.
Burnley extended their lead over eighth place Leicester, with a win over the Foxes a fortnight ago, and they have lost just one of their last eight games.
Home form has been vital to Dyche's efforts in 2018, losing just three times in all competitions since the turn of the year, and they should collect another win here - priced at 6/5.
Burnley have been a little more expansive this season, scoring more and conceding more, and in their last six games there has been a total of over 2.5 goals in five matches, and that option is available at 7/5 in this game.
Burnley to win 2-1 at 10/1
Dyche will want his side to keep up their efforts until a top seven place is confirmed, and they need two more wins to make certain of that. The defensive organisation they will difficult for Brighton to penetrate, but with Glenn Murray and Pascal Gross in attack they will carry a goal threat.
Ashley Barnes to score first at
Barnes is in a rich vein of form in recent weeks, scoring six goals in his last eight appearances, despite not always playing as an out-and-out striker. He will be a menace for Brighton will his power and goal threat in behind Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.