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PREVIEW: BURNLEY V ALBION

26 April 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion will play Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Brighton & Hove Albion come up against Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend, kick-off 3pm, as Chris Hughton’s team head into their final four Premier League matches of the season.

The Seagulls can move another step closer to Premier League survival with a positive result against the Clarets, before playing Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool in their remaining fixtures.

Hughton’s team drew 1-1 against Tottenham Hotspur last time out at the Amex Stadium, and will head to Turf Moor with confidence after taking five points from their last three visits to the Lancashire club.

The Clarets are without victory in their previous two matches, as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea before drawing 1-1 against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend's game, with Davy Propper missing his final match of his three-game suspension.

For Burnley, Robbie Brady, Steven Defour and Scott Arfield are all expected to miss the game through injury.



REVERSE FIXTURE:

The spoils were shared when Burnley visited the Amex back in December, but Albion had the best chance to take all three points, after being awarded a penalty in the 35th minute.

But Glenn Murray fired over the crossbar from 12 yards, and despite Anthony Knockaert also hitting the post for the Seagulls, Hughton’s men were unable to find the goal they arguably deserved.

Albion enjoyed more of the possession on the south coast, but were unsuccessful in front of goal, as only two of their 11 shots were fired on target, as the Seagulls had to settle for a frustrating point.


FORM:

The Seagulls claimed a hard-earned point against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex, as Hughton’s team produced a positive reaction to their 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace.

April started with a frustrating 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town on the south coast, which followed a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, despite Albion enjoying plenty of the ball and missing a penalty.

Their last victory came against Arsenal at the beginning of March, as goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray fired the Seagulls to a 2-1 victory in front of over 30,000 supporters at the Amex.

The Clarets strung together five successive league victories throughout March and April, but Sean Dyche’s team are without a win in their previous two games against Chelsea and Stoke.

The Lancashire club recorded wins against Everton, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Leicester City, as they climbed up the league table into seventh position.

 

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 1
Gross 50 (pen)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
Kane 48

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo (March 77); Gross; Murray (Ulloa 74).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Locadia, Baldock.


LAST TIME OUT: BURNLEY



STOKE CITY 1
Ndiaye 10

BURNLEY 1
Barnes 61

Burnley line-up: Pope (GK), Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward; Lennon (Hendrick 78), Cork, Westwood, Gudmundsson; Barnes (Vokes 73), Wood.

Subs not used: Heaton (GK), Taylor, Bardsley, Marney, Walters.



ONE TO WATCH: Ashley Barnes

The former Albion striker has been in great form for the Clarets over recent months, scoring six goals in his previous eight Premier League matches - nine in total for the season.

Barnes has been a regular for Sean Dyche’s men this season, featuring in 34 of Burnley’s 35 Premier League matches - and the forward has formed a strong partnership with Chris Wood.

Albion supporters know all about Barnes, after his 53 goals in 170 appearances for the Seagulls between 2010 and 2014, and the striker will no doubt be a threat for Saturday's hosts.


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