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8 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Davy Propper speaks to Johnny Cantor ahead of the Burnley match.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper is focused on completing a perfect week in the Premier League, as the Seagulls look to continue their 100% winning start to December at Turf Moor this afternoon.

Chris Hughton’s side opened the month with wins over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace — two victories that lifted Albion into tenth position in the Premier League table.

Albion are unbeaten since Propper’s return from injury towards the end of November, and the Dutchman is keen to continue the team’s positive run with another three points against Burnley.

He said, “We’re happy with where we are now and we hope to stay here for as long as possible, but Burnley is the next step and we have to take it game by game.

“To win three games in a week would be amazing and that’s what we’re going for. It will make a perfect week if we can win the game.”

Dale Stephens returns from suspension in time for today’s match against the Clarets, but with Yves Bissouma performing well in Albion’s previous two outings, Propper commented on the competition for places.

“We have similar types of players, with Dale [Stephens] coming back this weekend, so it doesn't really matter who’s playing.

“We started with the same group as last season but with more games, suspensions and injuries, the new players have started to play more.

“Of course I want to play every game but it’s a really nice feeling to have a competitive squad.”

Shane Duffy serves the first game of his three-match suspension, following Tuesday night’s red card against Crystal Palace, and Propper admitted the Irishman’s physical presence could have helped the team at Turf Moor.

“Burnley are a tough team in the air and we could really use Shane up there, but he did what he did, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it will be good to have him back as soon as possible.

“I didn’t see the game [v Liverpool] but I know from last year they play a lot of long balls and there are a lot of headers.

“Of course we have to challenge them in the air, but I hope we can play around that and keep the ball on the ground.”

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