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PREVIEW: ALBION V BURNLEY

14 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Burnley to the Amex on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm, as they look to bounce back from three consecutive defeats in the Premier League.

The Seagulls head into back-to-back home fixtures against the Clarets and Watford over the next two weekends, and Chris Hughton’s team currently occupy 13th position in the league table.

Sean Dyche’s team arrive on the south coast in sixth place, after consecutive 1-0 victories that momentarily moved them into the Champions League places before Wednesday night’s fixtures.

Albion are unbeaten in their previous three games against Burnley at the Amex, winning twice before a 2-2 draw in 2016 - when Michael Keane equalised in the dying stages.


TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns following Wednesday's trip to Wembley Stadium, with Steve Sidwell remaining the only absentee for the Seagulls.

Burnley captain Ben Mee could return to the side after missing the last two games due to a knee injury, while Matt Lowton (knee) is expected to miss out at the Amex.

Midfielder Robbie Brady had knee surgery and is expected to be out for around six months - and after dislocating his shoulder, goalkeeper Tom Heaton is also unavailable.


FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls are searching for their first victory since beating Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium at the beginning of November - drawing twice and losing four since Glenn Murray’s winner in Wales.

Hughton’s men drew four successive home games before Liverpool won 5-1 at the Amex, and defeats to Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur have since followed.

Albion’s two home victories so far this campaign have come against West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, and supporters will be hoping Burnley are added to that list come Saturday evening.


BURNLEY: The Clarets have picked up 14 of their 31 points away from home this season, beating Chelsea on the opening day before wins over Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth.

Dyche’s team have also recorded impressive away draws against Tottenham and Liverpool, but were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City on their last away trip.

But consecutive victories against Watford and Stoke City at Turf Moor have lifted the Clarets into the top six ahead of their fifth visit to the Amex.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2
Aurier 40
Son 87

ALBION 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal (Gross 78), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 62); Hemed (Murray 72).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Bruno, Goldson, Brown.


LAST TIME OUT: BURNLEY



BURNLEY 1
Barnes 89

STOKE CITY 0

Burnley line-up: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Ward (Taylor 40); Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Arfield, Hendrick (Barnes 71); Wood (Vokes 81)

Subs not used: Lindegaard (GK), Westwood, Ulvestad, Wells.


PLAYER TO WATCH: Chris Wood



The former Albion loanee signed for Burnley this summer from Leeds United for a club-record fee, believed to be around £15 million - and has since found the back of the net four times in the Premier League this season.

Wood scored a memorable stoppage-time equaliser for the Clarets against Tottenham Hotspur after coming off the bench to make his debut, before notching the winning goal against Crystal Palace in their next match.

The 26-year-old finished last season as the Sky Bet Championship top goalscorer (27 goals) - with two of those goals coming in Albion’s 2-0 defeat against Leeds at Elland Road towards the end of the campaign.

Wood signed for the Seagulls on loan from West Bromwich Albion in 2010, and the forward scored eight goals in 29 league appearances to help the club secure the League One title under the management of Gus Poyet.

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Match Reports

REPORT: ALBION 0 BURNLEY 0

22 Hours ago

Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert in action against Burnley.
  • Glenn Murray misses first-half penalty
  • Anthony Knockaert also strikes the post in opening period
  • Albion enjoy a greater share of possession at the Amex
  • Draw leaves the Seagulls 13th in the Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion played out a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, in a game which they dominated for large spells.

On a bitterly-cold afternoon on the south coast, Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty after Antony Knockaert had struck the post in the same period. The home side could rightly feel hard done by to have to settle for a point on an afternoon where they put in a much-improved performance after a tough few weeks.

Chris Hughton made four changes for the visit of the Clarets - Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Solly March and Bruno all came into the side, with Jose Izquierdo, Ezequiel Schelotto, Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed all moving to the bench.

The first chance of the game went the way of the visitors, as Jeff Hendrick got on the end of a free-kick and hooked the ball back into the area – but Lewis Dunk’s vital header beat the lurking Chris Wood to the ball. 

Albion started well, pressing when they were without the ball and forcing errors from Burnley losing possession.

Anthony Knockaert delivered a free-kick which led to the home side’s first chance of the game, but as Dunk volleyed towards goal, the ball came off Duffy’s back and wide. 

A trio of glorious chances for the home side then followed over the course of the next ten minutes. Bruno produced a fantastic cross after Knockaert’s cut back, and as Glenn Murray rose highest to head towards goal in the middle, Nick Pope gratefully caught the effort.

Tormentor in chief Knockaert then went ever so close to putting Albion ahead, when he met Pascal Gross’ cross from the left-hand side sweetly, but the ball bounced agonisingly off the upright and away from danger.

The third opportunity in quick succession came when Dunk’s header from Gross’ corner was somehow cleared off the line by a combination of Phil Bardsley and Pope, as Chris Hughton’s men kept knocking at the door.

An even better chance was afforded to Murray when he was fouled by Tarkowski. The visiting defender tripped the forward as he was running away from goal and referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot. 

But the striker stepped up to blaze his spot-kick over the crossbar and the scores remained level.

That was the last action of a frantic first half, and the Seagulls could rightly feel hard done by not to go into the break ahead.

The second period began with an early caution for visiting full-back Taylor, before Albion were back on the front foot once more. 

Dunk made a great interception inside his own half and set Knockaert away on the break. The Frenchman’s cross was tipped away by Pope and narrowly away from Murray in the centre. 

A quieter period followed as Chris Hughton brought on Hemed for Murray with just under half an hour left to play, and Ashley Barnes then replaced Steven Defour as both managers made alterations. 

The striker’s first involvement was to bundle Ryan into the Albion net and pick up a yellow card, before the Seagulls stopper did brilliantly to deny Wood one-on-one, as he blocked the forward’s chipped effort after evading the offside flag. 

Izzy Brown then replaced Gross for Albion’s second change and Stephens went into the book for a late foul on Taylor as the game entered the final 15 minutes.

Sam Vokes then replaced the influential Wood for the visitors and Jose Izquierdo entered the action for the final eight minutes for the equally impressive Knockaert.

Four additional minutes were indicated, with both sides still searching an all important winning goal. March blazed over the bar with the game's final act and the home side had to settle for a share of the spoils on a pleasing but equally frustrating afternoon on the south coast.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (Izquierdo 82), Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Brown 73); Murray (Hemed 62).

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal.

Burnley line-up: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee ©, Taylor; Arfield, Cork, Defour (Barnes 68), Gudmundsson, Hendrick; Wood (Vokes 80). 

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Lowton, Westwood, Wells, Long.

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Ticket News

BURNLEY MATCH SOLD OUT

15 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
The Amex before kick-off.

Brighton & Hove Albion fans are advised that the Premier League match against Burnley at the Amex on Saturday has now sold out.

A limited number of lounge access seats are still available for £95 each plus a booking fee, and can be purchased online at seagullstickets.com.

Those supporters that have purchased tickets for Saturday's game are advised to arrive early, as public transport and the park & ride facilities are expected to be busier than usual.

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