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Albion fresh to go again for season finale against Burnley

No new injuries worries for trip to Turf Moor this Sunday afternoon.

By Alex Stedman • 23 July 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion have no new injury concerns following the game with Newcastle United.

Albion play their final match of the 2019/20 Premier League season on Sunday when they travel to face Burnley at Turf Moor, kick-off 4.00pm.

The Seagulls played out a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at the Amex on Monday night, a result which secured a fourth successive Premier League campaign for Albion.

If Graham Potter’s men can pick up three points in Lancashire on Sunday, it would set a new record points total for the club in the top flight and, depending on West Ham United’s game with Aston Villa, also secure a joint record 15th place finish.

Burnley were 2-0 winners over Norwich City last time out at Carrow Road. Since the restart last month only the two Manchester clubs have taken more points in the division than Burnley. 

Chris Wood’s opener and an own goal from Ben Godfrey gave Sean Dyche’s men three points at Carrow Road. 

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Amex back in September. Neal Maupay netted his first goal on home soil for the club after 51 minutes, but Jeff Hendrick levelled with virtually the last kick of the game to seal a point for the Clarets.

Team news... 

Apart from long-term injury victim Jose Izquierdo, who is recovering from knee surgery, and Steven Alzate, Albion should still have a fit squad to select from.

When he spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon Potter said, "We've had a full group training today [Thursday] and we have the same squad as the last game - no new injuries." 

Sunday's hosts will be without the quintet of Matthew Lowton, Jack Cork, Ben Gibson, Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes. A decision will be made on defender Charlie Taylor who missed the game with Norwich City last time out.

Our last fixture…

Albion 0

Newcastle 0

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Lamptey (Duffy 86), Dunk, Webster, Burn; Stephens, Bissouma (Propper 73), Mooy (March 58); Gross (Mac Allister 58), Trossard, Maupay (Murray 73). 

Subs not used: Button (GK), Montoya, Cochrane, Connolly. 

Their last fixture…

Norwich City 0

Burnley 2
Wood (45)
Godfrey (og 80)

Burnley line-up: Pope (GK); Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Pieters; Gudmundsson (Brady 60), Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Wood (Vydra 79), Rodriguez.

Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell (GK), Dunne, Driscoll-Glennon, Benson, Goodridge, Thompson, Mumbongo.

The Burnley player to watch…

By Paul Hazlewood
Burnley striker Chris Wood in action at the Amex.

Chris Wood is a striker that will need no introduction to Albion supporters. The New Zealand international netted nine times in Albion’s 2010/11 League One title winning campaign.

This season the forward has netted 13 times in all competitions, making him the team’s top scorer. Wood averages 181 minutes per goal and has hit 30 of his 54 shots on target this season. 

After scoring at Norwich last weekend, Wood is hoping to finish the season on a high.

Match officials…

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Assistants: Edward Smart, Richard Wild. Fourth official: Jeremy Simpson. Replacement official: Graeme Fyvie. 

VAR: Darren Bond. Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

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