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Points Make Prizes At Turf Moor

Clarets aim for Europe while Brighton out to secure safety

27 April 2018

Burnley and Brighton will be both be looking to achieve their respective targets when they meet at Turf Moor.

While the Clarets are closing in on a place in Europe, Brighton are within touching distance of Premier League safety.

Having missed out on promotion in 2016 – when Burnley won the Championship title – the Seagulls bounced back from play-off disappointment to go straight up last season.

Chris Hughton’s men are now on 36 points, which may already be enough to secure back-to-back top-flight seasons for the first time since the early 1980s.

A third away win of the campaign would almost certainly do it but the Clarets have every incentive to try and keep them waiting as a positive result for Burnley could be enough – depending on how Everton and Leicester City fare at the same time – to guarantee seventh place.

The Clarets drew 0-0 at the Amex Stadium in December

“I am sure, knowing Chris as I do, he will want to get that next win,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche, whose in-form side is looking for an eighth home win of the season and sixth win in eight games.

“But they have had a really good season. We know how tough it is coming up.

“Once you’re up the glory wears off quickly because the next challenge comes your way, which is now you’ve got to be in the Premier League and try and stay in it.

“They’ve done that and that’s probably under-doing them, which I don’t mean to do.

“I don’t mean they’ve just hung on and stayed in it, they’ve given a good account of themselves all season.

“Like we speak about with our group, over the season Chris will probably have seen his players mature a bit and get used to it and understand it a bit better.

“I’ve certainly seen that with our group. So, as ever, another good side comes to Turf Moor. We’ve been very stong, home and away this season, and we want that to continue.”

From the other side

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

“I am hugely impressed by the job that Sean has done and by what the club have achieved, particularly after coming straight back up after going down.

“If anything, they are a far better team now than when they came up before and the fact they’re in seventh place is not a coincidence after what we’ve seen from Burnley this season.

"They deserve to be in the position they’re in and at the moment, they’re the seventh best team in the country and that’s a wonderful thing for them to be able to say.

“He (Dyche) has a group of players that are tuned in 100% to the way they play and getting the best out of the way they play. They thoroughly deserve their status at the minute.”

Team news

Clarets defender Ben Mee is not yet ready to return and Scott Arfield is still sidelined. But on-loan winger GK Nkoudou returns to the squad.

Brighton are without midfielder Davy Propper, who completes a three-match ban. Midfielder Steve Sidwell and winger Jiri Skalak are still out.

Match stats

The last four games between the two sides have ended in draws. 

The Clarets have scored in their last eight games.

Brighton haven’t won in their last five games, drawing twice.

The Seagulls are without a win in 10 away league matches since beating Swansea in November.

Brighton haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 games.


Roger East

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