With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
The sixth team to feature in our opposition focus series is Burnley.
LEAGUE POSITION: 19th (Premier League)
FA CUP: Third round
LEAGUE CUP: First round
TOP GOALSCORER: Danny Ings (11)
2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
Despite being relegated after just one year in the Premier League, Sean Dyche’s side won plenty of plaudits after gaining promotion against the odds.
The 1-0 win over Manchester City at Turf Moor along with a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium were among the stand-out results, but the Clarets ultimately lacked the sufficient quality to stay in the division.
Danny Ings was arguably their best performer in the division, after easily making the step up to the top flight, and gave the Lancashire outfit a fighting chance of beating the drop.
George Boyd was another player who adjusted quickly to life in the North West following a high-profile £3 million switch from Hull City last summer. His stand-out moment undoubtedly came when he scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
But with football being a results-based business, the Clarets never really recovered from a poor start to the campaign after failing to pick up a win in any of their first ten games.
The long-awaited win finally came in the form of a 1-0 victory over Hull City in November.
The two cup runs were largely forgettable for Dyche’s side, after they were eliminated at the first hurdle in both the FA and League Cups.
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday claimed a 1-0 victory in the Capital One Cup first round, while Tottenham Hotspur secured a 4-2 win in an FA Cup third round replay at White Hart Lane.
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Albion held promotion-chasing Burnley to a goalless draw at Turf Moor, as the Seagulls kept another clean sheet on the road.
The stalemate meant the Seagulls had conceded a league low of just 10 goals in 14 away appearances, with the Clarets’ strike pairing of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes kept largely quiet.
Andrea Orlandi had a chance to win the game late on for Albion, but Clarets’ keeper Tom Heaton saved his strike.
Former Albion striker Ashley Barnes had an opportunity to win the game for the hosts, but his acrobatic overhead kick went wide and the points were shared.
Burnley line-up: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Marney, Jones; Kightly (Barnes 75), Ings, Arfield; Vokes.
Subs not used: Cisak (GK), Edgar, Stanislas, Stock, Long, Hewitt.
Albion line-up: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, Upson, Ward; Ince, Andrews, Forster-Caskey; Lopez (Orlandi 67), Ulloa, LuaLua (March 79).
Subs not used: Brezovan (GK), Dunk, Calderon, Agustien, Obika.
Sean Dyche began his coaching career with Watford as an under-18 coach before taking on the assistant manager’s role under Malky Mackay.
The 43-year-old became manager of the Hornets in June 2011 after Mackay’s decision to take up the number one job at Cardiff City.
Dyche was dismissed as Watford boss in July 2012 when the owners decided to replace him with Gianfranco Zola and he subsequently took a position in the England under-21 coaching set-up.
He moved onto Burnley in October 2012 after succeeding Eddie Howe and took the Clarets to the Premier League on 21st April 2014 following a 2-0 win over Wigan.
Dyche led the side into the top flight in 2014/15, but the team were relegated with two games to go despite a 1-0 win against Hull City.
Burnley will be aiming to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and are in a good position to do so after refusing to wager their future on top-flight survival.
The striking partnership of Danny Ings and George Boyd would be a formidable pairing in the Championship, but with Ings more than likely to leave the cluB, the Clarets will need to find a replacement.
Former Albion striker Ashley Barnes is also unlikely to make an Amex return next season, as the 25-year-old is facing a lengthy lay off with a serious knee injury, further emphasising the Clarets' need to bolster their striking options.
There are promising signs for the future though, with the likes of Cameron Dummigan expected to be given his chance to impress in the Championship next season.
See Albion v Burnley at the Amex plus 22 other opponents from as low as £20.22 per game by purchasing a season ticket for 2015/16.