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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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