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PREVIEW: DECISIONS TO BE MADE ON MURRAY AND IZQUIERDO

6 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion striker Glenn Murray holds his shoulder after going down injured.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to record three consecutive victories in the Premier League for a second time this season when they play Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls head to Lancashire on the back of Tuesday night’s entertaining 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, which came after a second away victory of the season at Huddersfield Town.

Chris Hughton’s team have played either with or against ten men in each of their four previous matches, and Shane Duffy will now be suspended after receiving a red card against the Eagles.

Saturday’s hosts took the lead against Liverpool in midweek, but three second-half goals turned the game on its head to inflict another defeat on Sean Dyche’s side.

Albion are unbeaten in eight matches against the Clarets, having drawn the previous five games, including two goalless draws in the Premier League last season.



TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that both Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo are expected to train on Friday morning but decisions will be made on whether either player features at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Murray's shoulder injury forced him off against Crystal Palace and is still sore, likewise is Izquierdo's knee, after the Colombian suffered a knock during Albion's memorable victory.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh has returned to training, but Hughton believes the Iranian will more than likely return for Chelsea's visit to the Amex Stadium, with Saturday's game coming too soon.

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour could return for the hosts on Saturday, after recovering from a knee injury, while Ben Gibson may also come back into contention for Dyche’s team.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope (shoulder) and Stephen Ward (defender) are both expected to miss out through injury.




FORM:

The Seagulls climbed into the top half of the Premier League table on Tuesday evening, and results went their way on Wednesday night to keep them in tenth position.

Goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone secured maximum points over Palace, which came after the Romanian’s winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield.

It could have been three victories in a row, but Jamie Vardy’s late penalty at the Amex secured a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw when Leicester City travelled south at the end of November.

The Clarets are without a win in eight matches, most recently losing three games in a row against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

Heavy defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea came in October, 5-0 and 4-0 respectively, with their last victory coming against Cardiff City on the road in September.

Dyche’s team find themselves in 19th position after 15 matches, having taken nine points and secured just one victory at Turf Moor this season.

LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion arrived at Turf Moor towards the end of last season looking to move one step closer to Premier League safety — and a point against Sean Dyche’s side helped the cause.

The Seagulls had just taken a share of the spoils against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex, and a resolute display against the Clarets saw them hold the hosts to a goalless draw in Lancashire.

Some brave defending from Albion’s entire backline and Maty Ryan saw the Seagulls survive a scare in the opening half, while Pascal Gross went closest to breaking the deadlock for Albion.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 3
Murray 24 pen
Balogun 31
Andone 45+4

CRYSTAL PALACE 1
Milivojevic 81 pen

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; March, Bissouma, Propper, Izquierdo; Gross; Murray.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bong, Kayal, Locadia.




LAST TIME OUT: BURNLEY

BURNLEY 1
Cork 54

LIVERPOOL 3
Milners 62
Firmino 69
Shaqiri 90+1

Burnley line-up: Hart; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Brady (Lennon 71); Barnes (Vydra 83), Wood (Vokes 71).

Subs not used: Heaton (GK), Long, Lowton, Hendrick.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Johann Berg Gudmundsson

After stepping up into the Premier League from Charlton Athletic in July 2016, the Icelandic midfielder has made 68 top-flight appearances for Burnley - 13 of which have come this season.

Gudmundson has found the back of the net twice during the current campaign — matching his tally for the entire 2017/18 season — but the 28-year-old has also laid on four assists for his team-mates.

The winger found the back of the net in matches against Cardiff City and West Ham United, and could prove to be one of Burnley's main attacking threats at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.


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