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Brighton v Burnley: The Big Preview

22 February 2013

All the facts and stats ahead of Saturday's big game

Brighton v Burnley

Amex Community Stadium

23/03/13 (kick-off 3.00pm)

Overview

The Clarets face another test against top-six hopefuls with a tough trip to the south coast.

And after being held to a goalless draw against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, Burnley won’t want to leave the door open for their play-off rivals to steal a further march.

Brighton - 3-1 victors at Turf Moor in September - were one of the big mid-week winners as they secured a 2-0 win at table-topping Cardiff to move within a point of sixth-placed Boro.

And that result made it seven points from the last nine for Gus Poyet’s men, who have lost only one of their last eight Championship fixtures.

The Seagulls have been beaten only three times at home this season and only once since mid-October as they look to sustain their promotion push in front of some impressive crowds at the extended Amex Stadium.


But after winning 1-0 against nine men in a tempestuous affair at Brighton last season, the Clarets will know what to expect.

And Sean Dyche’s side need to show their character to get back to winning ways after four games without a victory has seen them slip towards mid-table – albeit still only seven points off the play-off zone.

Last ten matches (Championship)

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Brighton key man

Argentian striker Leonardo Ulloa joined Brighton from Spanish club Almeria in January after finishing as top scorer in Spain’s second division last season.


The 26-year-old made an instant impact, scoring on his debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

And he claimed his first Championship goal in mid-week, a deflected effort at Cardiff City to secure a 2-0 win over the League leaders.

Last time out 

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2 (Orlandi 43, Ulloa 90) 

Cardiff: D Marshall, A Taylor, M Connolly, B Turner, M Hudson, P Whittingham, A Gunnarsson, C Noone (C Conway 53), C Bellamy, T Smith, F Campbell (H Helguson 84). Subs not used: K Bo-Kyung, J Mason, J Lewis, K McNaughton, D Cowie.

Brighton: T Kuszczak, Bruno, M Upson, A El Abd, W Bridge, D Hammond (I Calderon 75), D Lopez, A Orlandi (G Dicker 70) L, Bridcutt, W Buckley (J Caskey 89), L Ulloa. Subs not used: C Ankergren, Vicente, G Barker, K Lua Lua.  

Attendance 23,782

Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 0

Burnley: L Grant, K Trippier, J Shackell, K Long, D Lafferty, D Marney, C McCann, B Stock (K Treacy 70), J Stanislas, M Paterson, (S Vokes 70), C Austin. Subs not used: M Bartley, J Mills, D Richards, D Edgar, B Jensen.

Middlesbrough: J Steele, S McCmanus, A Amougou, G Friend, R Williams, G Leadbitter, N Bailey, A Haliday (I Miller 73), R Smallwood (M Carayol 53), J McEachran, M Emnes (C Main 68). Subs not used: E Ledesma, J Leutwiler, L Williams, F Haroun.

Attendance 12,394

Last meeting at the Amex Stadium 

17/12/11

Brighton 0 Burnley 1 (Trippier 32)

Brighton: C Ankergren, M Taricco, A El-Abd, R Vincelot, L Dunk, G Greer, R Harley (C Noone), K Lua Lua (A Navarro 20), L Bridcutt (W Buckley 89), C Mackail-Smith, A Barnes. Subs not used: B Paynter, P Brezovan.

Burnley: L Grant, M Duff, D Edgar, B Mee, K Trippier, R Wallace, D Marney, C McCann, M Bartley (S Vokes 46), M Paterson (C Austin 66), J Rodriguez. Subs not used: A Amougou, J Stanislas, J Stewart.

Attendance: 19,641

Team News

Burnley: Frontman Danny Ings looks set to return after missing the mid-week draw with Boro with a hamstring injury. But Ross Wallace remains sidelined along with Michael Duff and Ben Mee.

Brighton: Striker Ashley Barnes is back in contention after a three-match ban but midfielder Liam Bridcutt starts a two-match suspension.

Captain Gordon Greer and top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith have returned to training following injury absences.

And midfielder Dean Hammond may shake off a knee injury which forced him off during the Seagulls’ mid-week win at Cardiff. Striker Will Hoskins misses the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Stat of the day

The Clarets have enjoyed their trips to the south coast with two wins and two draws from their last four games at Brighton - split between the Amex Stadium and the Withdean Stadium.

They say

Sean Dyche: Brighton are a good side who have had some good result. They are a good home side with a big stadium which is usually full. But they are the occasions we want.

"The expectation is on the home side but we have our own expectation, which is to deliver performances in order to win."

Charlie Oatway (first-team coach): “We might have beaten the league leaders but every game is difficult in this league and if you relax for one game you will get punished.
 

"We have a few home games coming up and they are opportunities for us to get another win."

Championship fixtures (kick-off 3.00pm unless stated)

Saturday

Blackburn v Leeds United
Blackpool v Leicester 
Bolton v Hull
Brighton v Burnley
Bristol City v Barnsley
Charlton v Nottm Forest
Huddersfield v Ipswich
Peterborough v Birmingham
Sheff Wed v Crystal Palace
Watford v Derby
Middlesbrough v Millwall 17:20

Sunday

Wolves v Cardiff 14:00

Click HERE for a Championship table.


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