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PREVIEW: ANDONE SUSPENDED FOR THREE GAMES

8 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone will miss the next three games through suspension.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to the Amex Stadium this weekend for their third Saturday fixture in as many weeks, as they welcome Burnley to the south coast in the Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm.

The Seagulls should be in confident mood after Wednesday night's extra-time victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, which booked a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

But Chris Hughton's side are searching for their first Premier League win since beating Everton 1-0 towards the end of December at the Amex — Albion shared a goalles draw against Watford last time out.

Saturday's visitors head to the Amex in positive form, but the Seagulls remain unbeaten in their last four meetings with Burnley on the south coast, taking eight points from a possible 12.

Neither side could manage a goal in their two meetings last season, but the Clarets claimed all three points earlier this season, as they edged a 1-0 win at Turf Moor towards the beginning of December.

Read Nick Szczepanik's interview with Alastair Campbell ahead of the Burnley match here.




TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns following their visit to the Hawthorns.

Jose Izquierdo (knee) is expected to train this morning and will work on building up his levels before returning to the side, while a decision will be made on the fitness of Dale Stephens, who should train with his team-mates over the next couple of days.

Florin Andone will serve the first game of a three-match suspension, after being charged with violent conduct following Wednesday night's game against West Bromwich Albion.

Steven Defour (calf) and Mathew Lowton (toe) are both closing in on a return for the Clarets, but Aaron Lennon (knee) remains a long-term absentee and will miss Saturday’s match.



FORM

The Seagulls
have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup after victories over AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion since the turn of the year.

Albion will be desperate for maximum points in the Premier League though, after picking up two points from four games in 2019 so far, following draws against West Ham United and Watford.

Glenn Murray extended his goal tally for the season to 12 with his second brace inside eight days on Wednesday night — the forward's goals made the difference in extra time against the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

The Clarets are six matches unbeaten in the Premier League leading into their journey south, but their last three games have ended all square, following a hat-trick of league wins over West Ham, Huddersfield Town and Fulham.

Dyche’s side have climbed out of the relegation zone and now sit two points ahead of Cardiff City, who currently occupy the final spot in the Premier League drop zone.

Ashley Barnes rescued a point for the Clarets with a stoppage-time penalty against Southampton last time out, which came after Manchester United recovered from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils at Old Trafford.



LAST TIME WE MET

A relatively uneventful match was played out at Turf Moor back in December, and it was James Tarkowski’s touch on Jack Cork’s shot that secured all three points for the hosts.

In wet and windy conditions, Jurgen Locadia went closest to finding a leveller for the Seagulls, but the Dutchman’s glancing header from Murray’s cross looped over the crossbar.

Leon Balogun then had a chance in the closing stages, as his headed effort was deflected wide of the target, but the Seagulls were unable to find the goal they needed and left empty-handed.



LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WEST BROM 1
Bartley 77

ALBION 3
Andone 82
Murray 104, 117

Albion line-up: Button; Bruno (Bong 106), Balogun, Burn, Bernardo; Knockaert, Bissouma (Propper 88), Kayal, Gyokeres (Locadia 78); Jahanbakhsh (Murray 101); Andone.

Subs not used: Sanchez (GK), Dunk, Gross.



LAST TIME OUT: BURNLEY

BURNLEY 1
Barnes 90+4 pen

SOUTHAMPTON 1
Redmond 55

Burnley line-up: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmunsson 58), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Brady 81); Barnes, Wood (Crouch 76).

Subs not used: Hart (GK), Gibson, Ward, Vydra.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Ashley Barnes

The former Albion striker has scored some important goals for the Clarets in recent weeks, hitting the back of the net three times in five Premier League matches.

Barnes fired home from the penalty spot to secure a point against Southampton, which came after the forward doubled his team’s lead at Old Trafford, before the home side’s late fightback.

His second-half strike at Huddersfield Town sealed maximum points for the Clarets at the start of January, and Barnes will now be looking to reach double figures for the first time in the top flight.

The striker currently sits on six goals after 24 matches, but his goal tally has improved each season since making his debut in the Premier League — hitting five, six and nine times leading into the current campaign.

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REPORT: ALBION 1 BURNLEY 3

9 February 2019

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Kieran Cleeves
Yves Bissouma surrounded by Burnley players at the Amex Stadium.
  • Albion sit 14th, three points from safety
  • Goals from Chris Wood (2) and Ashley Barnes seal Burnley win
  • Shane Duffy grabs fifth goal of the season late on
  • Albion welcome Derby County next week in the cup

Brighton & Hove Albion's search for a league victory was extended after Burnley sealed a 3-1 victory over the Seagulls in wet conditions at the Amex Stadium.

Shane Duffy’s fifth goal of the season was rendered a consolation as Chris Wood’s brace and an Ashley Barnes penalty pulled the Lancashire side level on points with Chris Hughton's team.

In his 200th game in charge at the club, Hughton made one change from the side that drew 0-0 with Watford last time out in the league, with Dale Stephens replacing Yves Bissouma, while Sean Dyche stuck with the 11 that drew 1-1 with relegation rivals Southampton the preceding Saturday.

The 3pm results meant Burnley started under the Amex lights in the relegation zone, and the Clarets kicked off as they meant to go on, knocking a long ball forward to their bustling frontmen Wood and Barnes, winning a corner within the first minute.

Albion responded almost instantly with a powerful header from Solly March which Tom Heaton acrobatically punched over, and Hughton’s men almost capitalised from the ensuing pressure. Pascal Gross connected sweetly with a dipping volley inside the box which the English shot-stopper also had to parry away.



When you think of Burnley’s refreshingly old-school physicality, veteran right-back Phil Bardsley springs to mind. Counterpart Gaetan Bong found that out the hard way eight minutes in when the 33-year-old raced fiercely for a free ball, which Bong won, colliding into the Cameroonian’s head with his hip. Both men stayed down and the medics sprinted onto the pitch as if they’d heard a starting pistol, but neither full-back had to go off.

Barnes, who left Albion for Burnley in 2014, should have put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute. Dwight McNeil’s shot was deflected onto the bar by Duffy, and the ball bounced fortuitously for the Austrian international whose header was then met with the same fate, although this time the woodwork sent it out of play.

Heaton is known for his superb shot-stopping and showed the strength in his long levers once more in the 24th minute. Gross started a blistering counter-attack from deep, unleashing Jurgen Locadia on the left flank, who galloped forward and zipped a ball across to March. The winger shimmied inside onto his favoured left foot and stung the outstretched palm of Heaton, who prevented the Seagulls’ third good chance of the game.



Albion were made to rue that two minutes later when Barnes tussled on the halfway line and knocked a blind half-volley up the pitch. The hopeful punt turned out to be a perfectly-weighted ball to strike partner Wood, who was able to run one-on-one with Maty Ryan after Lewis Dunk unluckily slipped. The New Zealander composed himself from 15 yards out and powerfully shot into the top left corner.

March continued to prove a menace down the right wing and fashioned another opening near the end of the half, finding Gross once more. The German’s curling effort was headed away as it looked destined for goal, however. Albion’s playmaker came close again two minutes later, cushioning a volley-come-cross at the backpost which was tipped around the corner by Heaton.

Burnley were living dangerously and almost conceded in first-half added time when Duffy rose highest from a corner to clinch what it seemed would be his fifth league goal of the campaign, only for his header to be cleared off the line.

Anthony Knockaert replaced March early in the second half as Albion continued to be the aggressors, in search of their first league win in six. In no rush to grab a second, the visitors maximised stoppages in play, but football is a cruel game and Albion went two down in the 62nd minute.



McNeil broke free in the middle and slipped in Wood, who had found a pocket of space on the edge of the box. Running onto the ball, the Kiwi struck a low first-time curling effort which found the net despite Ryan’s palm. It was Wood’s second and if Albion were to mount a comeback, they’d have to keep the striker quiet.

It’s a game of fine margins and Albion looked entitled to a penalty in the 72nd minute when Jeff Hendrick accidentally handled the ball. Referee Stuart Atwell waved away the claims, however, and Burnley broke, with Barnes running unmarked into the Albion half.

The striker looked poise to pull the trigger, faced only with Ryan, but took it round the Australian and manufactured some contact which earnt him a spot-kick. Barnes duly converted from 12 yards and allowed a fistpump against his former club before becoming the subject of a pile-on from his team-mates.



Angered by their misfortune, Hughton’s men hit back almost instantly, Knockaert whipping in a free kick which met the head of Duffy – this time the Irishman did bag his fifth of the season. Clawing the ball from the net, the resurgent Seagulls rushed back to the centre spot, sensing a memorable comeback.

It wasn’t to be, however, and Albion were thwarted by Burnley’s dogged backline in the dying minutes, knowing the trip to Leicester on 26th February becomes even more important.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Stephens; March (Knockaert 47), Gross (Bissouma 66), Locadia (Jahanbakhsh 66); Murray.

SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bernardo, Burn, Kayal.

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PAY ON THE DAY FOR BURNLEY

8 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Tickets are available on the day for Saturday's game with Burnley at the Amex Stadium.

Both home and away fans can buy tickets on the day for tomorrow’s game between Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley at the Amex Stadium, kick-off 5.30pm.

Chris Hughton’s side will be looking to make it back-to-back victories following Wednesday evening’s 3-1 Emirates FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion, where an extra time brace from Glenn Murray sent the Seagulls into the last 16 of the competition. 

Click here to read and hear from Chris Hughton ahead of the contest.

Murray also spoke to the media ahead of the game with Sean Dyche’s men – supporters can watch the video for free on Seagulls TV, whilst Pascal Gross told us that he feels back to his best form ahead of tomorrow.

There’s an exclusive interview with former Albion defender Stephen Ward – who now plies his trade for this weekend’s opponents – and fans can read the Irishman’s thoughts on both his time with the Seagulls and this weekend’s contest here.

Supporters can also watch a selection of meetings between Albion and Burnley over recent seasons for free on Seagulls TV below.

Prices for the game with the Clarets start from £30 for adults, £23 for over-65s/under-21s and £15 for under-18s, and fans can purchase up to two tickets per fan number.  

Away tickets can be booked from midday on Saturday by calling the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge), or in person from the ticket office at the Amex Stadium, also from 12.00pm.

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