Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Brighton v Burnley and provides us with his best bets for Saturday's late kick-off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Brighton v Burnley Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 09/02/19
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: Amex Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport 1
Brighton will be looking to bridge a bigger gap between themselves and the bottom three with a home win against Burnley.
The hosts have only won one of their last six games in all competitions, but they did secure their passage through to the FA Cup fifth-round in mid-week as they ran out 3-1 winners against West Brom who forced extra-time.
Last time out in the league Brighton were frustrated as they drew 0-0 against Watford, despite their dominance which saw Albion record 21 shots compared to Watford's five.
Brighton currently sit 13th in the Premier League, but Chris Hughton and co will be focusing on securing another season of top-flight football. The Seagulls are currently five points ahead of Cardiff City – who occupy the final relegation spot.
Visitors Burnley will be keen to record a rare away win, with Sean Dyche's side only managing two wins on the road in the league this season.
Despite their heroics last season which saw them reach the qualifying stages of the Europa League, this season has been pretty horrific for Burnley as they sit in 17th spot and only two points above the drop zone.
However, the Clarets are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games winning three and drawing three. This recent purple patch has seen Burnley rise to 3rd in the form table.
The hosts will likely be without Jose Izquierdo and Dale Stephens who are both recovering from injuries.
Burnley will be forced to make do without Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Walters while Matthew Lowton and Steven Defour are doubts.
Potential Brighton Starting XI: Ryan, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Bissouma, Propper, Groß, Locadia, Murray, March
Potential Burnley Starting XI: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Crouch
Head To Head
- Brighton 10, Draws 12, Burnley 10
- Brighton haven't won in any of their last six meetings with Burnley.
- Five of their last six encounters have ended in draws.
Key Stats & Facts
- Brighton have the second-best defence at home in the Premier League this season.
- The Seagulls have the best home record outside of the top ten.
- Burnley have not won away against Brighton since December 2011 where they ran out 1-0 victors.
- Brighton 15/13
- Draw 68/29
- Burnley 16/5
Brighton's strong form in front of their own fans has seen them maintain a healthy gap between themselves and the bottom three while Burnley's poor away form has seen them dragged into an unexpected relegation battle.
Glenn Murray has shown how at 35-years-old he is still capable of firing in the top-flight of English football, with the Brighton striker notching 12 goals in all competitions this season. 10 of them have come in the league.
Burnley have lacked a proper goalscorer this season, but the recent addition of proven striker Peter Crouch looks to be a smart bit of business. Burnley fans will be hoping that Crouch will be the goalscorer Burnley have been calling out for all season.
Brighton's strong home form should see them over the line, but they could find themselves surprised against a rejuvenated Burnley side.