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PREVIEW: Brighton v Burnley

Build-up ahead of the big game at the Amex Stadium as Clarets return to action

13 September 2019

The Clarets resume Premier League action with a trip to the south coast and the chance to seek a first away win of the season.

Sean Dyche’s men picked up a point at Wolves last time out on the road ahead of the international break and will be looking to turn that into three at a ground they have enjoyed visiting in recent seasons.

Burnley haven’t lost at the Amex Stadium in their last four trips, picking up a famous point with Michael Keane’s last-gasp equaliser in the 2016 Championship promotion race before earning a Premier League draw in 2017 and a vital 3-1 win last season.

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Brighton old boys Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood shared the goals on a rainy evening in February as the Clarets continued the eight-match unbeaten run that propelled them to safety.

The win at Brighton was game number seven and set a new club record at Premier League level as Wood struck twice and Barnes scored from the penalty spot to seal the victory.

The duo had previously scored goals together for Brighton – helping Gus Poyet’s side win the First Division title in 2011.

Both clubs have come a long way since, with Brighton starting a third successive top-flight campaign under new boss Graham Potter.

Barnes and Wood are both established Premier League strikers and leading scorer Barnes – who has bagged four goals in four games – is relishing the prospect of another return to a club where he made his name before scaling new heights with the Clarets following his arrival in 2013.

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“I love playing at the stadium. I’ve got many fond memories of my time there and I still speak to many of the staff and a few of the players, so it will be brilliant to come back,” Barnes told Brighton’s club website.

“I knew that I had to make a good start to the new season because everyone comes back feeling stronger and fitter. I did a lot of hard work in the off season, which helped me get ready for pre-season.

“I feel like I’m getting better every time I’m selected and that I’m improving in each season. To get 12 goals last year was great, but I want to do even better now. I feel like I’m coming to the best period of my career and I’ve still got a lot to give.”

Team news

The Clarets will check on winger Johan Berg Gudmundsson, who is recovering from a calf injury which forced him to miss the defeat to Liverpool ahead of the international break.

However, Dwight McNeil is fit after missing England Under-21 duty, while fellow wideman Robbie Brady could figure for the first time this season after recovering from a rib injury.

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Danny Drinkwater is facing a few weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Brighton will be without summer signing Leandro Trossard after the frontman – Brighton’s only scorer in their last three league games – was injured on international duty with Belgium.

Italian defender Ezequiel Schelotto could figure for the first time this season but defender Yves Bissouma and forward Jose Izquierdo are both still out.

Form guide

Both sides go into the game with four points accrued from their opening four Premier League fixtures.

The Clarets lost their opening away fixture at Arsenal before claiming a point at Wolves in their last away outing.

Brighton made a flying start with a 3-0 win at Watford on the opening day before a home draw with West Ham next time out.

The Seagulls have since lost back-to-back Premier League games – although won at Bristol Rovers to advance in the League Cup.

Opposition camp

Brighton manager Graham Potter: “I’m expecting a tough game against a side who I really like, they’re very good at what they do and have a good balance between defence and attack.

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“They create chances and defend well, they can mix their game up and use their strengths in a good way to create chances.

“We need to be really focused and do our work as well as we can, it’s a game we’re looking forward to after this break and it’s good to be back in league action.”

Match stats

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last seven games against Brighton and haven’t lost to the Seagulls in the Premier League in four meetings.

Five of the last seven games between the two have been draws.

The Seagulls have won just two of their last 16 games in all competitions.

Brighton have gone seven games without a home league win. One more would equal their record for a longest home run in the top flight set in 1982/83.

Referee

Michael Oliver

VAR

Paul Tierney

Kick-off

Saturday 3pm


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