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PREVIEW: ANDONE SUSPENDED FOR THREE GAMES

8 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Florin Andone will miss the next three games through suspension.

Brighton & Hove Albion return to the Amex Stadium this weekend for their third Saturday fixture in as many weeks, as they welcome Burnley to the south coast in the Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm.

The Seagulls should be in confident mood after Wednesday night's extra-time victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, which booked a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

But Chris Hughton's side are searching for their first Premier League win since beating Everton 1-0 towards the end of December at the Amex — Albion shared a goalles draw against Watford last time out.

Saturday's visitors head to the Amex in positive form, but the Seagulls remain unbeaten in their last four meetings with Burnley on the south coast, taking eight points from a possible 12.

Neither side could manage a goal in their two meetings last season, but the Clarets claimed all three points earlier this season, as they edged a 1-0 win at Turf Moor towards the beginning of December.

Read Nick Szczepanik's interview with Alastair Campbell ahead of the Burnley match here.




TEAM NEWS

Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns following their visit to the Hawthorns.

Jose Izquierdo (knee) is expected to train this morning and will work on building up his levels before returning to the side, while a decision will be made on the fitness of Dale Stephens, who should train with his team-mates over the next couple of days.

Florin Andone will serve the first game of a three-match suspension, after being charged with violent conduct following Wednesday night's game against West Bromwich Albion.

Steven Defour (calf) and Mathew Lowton (toe) are both closing in on a return for the Clarets, but Aaron Lennon (knee) remains a long-term absentee and will miss Saturday’s match.



FORM

The Seagulls
have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup after victories over AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion since the turn of the year.

Albion will be desperate for maximum points in the Premier League though, after picking up two points from four games in 2019 so far, following draws against West Ham United and Watford.

Glenn Murray extended his goal tally for the season to 12 with his second brace inside eight days on Wednesday night — the forward's goals made the difference in extra time against the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

The Clarets are six matches unbeaten in the Premier League leading into their journey south, but their last three games have ended all square, following a hat-trick of league wins over West Ham, Huddersfield Town and Fulham.

Dyche’s side have climbed out of the relegation zone and now sit two points ahead of Cardiff City, who currently occupy the final spot in the Premier League drop zone.

Ashley Barnes rescued a point for the Clarets with a stoppage-time penalty against Southampton last time out, which came after Manchester United recovered from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils at Old Trafford.



LAST TIME WE MET

A relatively uneventful match was played out at Turf Moor back in December, and it was James Tarkowski’s touch on Jack Cork’s shot that secured all three points for the hosts.

In wet and windy conditions, Jurgen Locadia went closest to finding a leveller for the Seagulls, but the Dutchman’s glancing header from Murray’s cross looped over the crossbar.

Leon Balogun then had a chance in the closing stages, as his headed effort was deflected wide of the target, but the Seagulls were unable to find the goal they needed and left empty-handed.



LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

WEST BROM 1
Bartley 77

ALBION 3
Andone 82
Murray 104, 117

Albion line-up: Button; Bruno (Bong 106), Balogun, Burn, Bernardo; Knockaert, Bissouma (Propper 88), Kayal, Gyokeres (Locadia 78); Jahanbakhsh (Murray 101); Andone.

Subs not used: Sanchez (GK), Dunk, Gross.



LAST TIME OUT: BURNLEY

BURNLEY 1
Barnes 90+4 pen

SOUTHAMPTON 1
Redmond 55

Burnley line-up: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmunsson 58), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Brady 81); Barnes, Wood (Crouch 76).

Subs not used: Hart (GK), Gibson, Ward, Vydra.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Ashley Barnes

The former Albion striker has scored some important goals for the Clarets in recent weeks, hitting the back of the net three times in five Premier League matches.

Barnes fired home from the penalty spot to secure a point against Southampton, which came after the forward doubled his team’s lead at Old Trafford, before the home side’s late fightback.

His second-half strike at Huddersfield Town sealed maximum points for the Clarets at the start of January, and Barnes will now be looking to reach double figures for the first time in the top flight.

The striker currently sits on six goals after 24 matches, but his goal tally has improved each season since making his debut in the Premier League — hitting five, six and nine times leading into the current campaign.


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