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    Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Albion v Burnley


    PREMIER LEAGUE

    Venue: The American Express Community Stadium
    Date: Saturday 14th September 2019
    Kick-off: 15:00 BST
    Referee: Michael Oliver
    Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
    Fourth official: Tim Robinson
    VAR: Paul Tierney
    Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

    TEAM NEWS

    Burnley's Ashley Barnes has shaken off a groin strain and Robbie Brady should be fit again after a rib problem.

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson's calf injury will be assessed but Danny Drinkwater is out after hurting his ankle in a nightclub fight.

    Brighton will be without winger Leandro Trossard, who faces a month on the sidelines after injuring his groin on international duty.

    But defender Ezequiel Schelotto could make his comeback from a knee injury.

    MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

    Robyn Cowen: There's a real feeling of freshness to both Brighton and Burnley in the early part of the season.

    The arrival of Graham Potter has brought new ideas and a more expansive style to Brighton. There's just one thing that's missing: a win at the Amex - the home support haven't seen a victory since March.

    As for Burnley, unleashed from the shackles of the Europa League, they're already three points better off than at this time last year.

    They also have a striker in red-hot form in Ashley Barnes.

    If we do have a winner on Saturday, the loser could see their early-season optimism vanish very quickly.

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Graham Potter: "I'm expecting a tough game against a side who I really like. They're very good at what they do and have a good balance between defence and attack.

    "They create chances and defend well, they can mix their game up and use their strengths in a good way to create chances."

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche on Danny Drinkwater: "He's old enough and wise enough to know you do whatever you can to try not to get into scrapes but sometimes it happens.

    "He is part of us. We have to work with him and help him get realigned to where he was and where he wants to be. We have talked to him and the rest will remain private."

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Burnley did the double over Brighton last season, including winning 3-1 at the Amex Stadium in February.
    • Albion are yet to beat the Clarets in the Premier League (D2, L2).
    • Five of the last seven meetings have been draws.


    Albion

    • Brighton are yet to win at home this season (D1, L1).
    • They have won just two of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
    • The Seagulls have not scored more than once in any of their last 14 Premier League home games.
    • They are winless in their last seven at the Amex Stadium (D2, L5) and could equal their longest top-flight home winless streak of eight, set from December 1982 to March 1983.
    • Brighton have picked up just 15 points in 22 Premier League matches in 2019, eight fewer than any other side to have played in the top flight in 2018-19 and 2019-20.


    Burnley

    • Burnley have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches.
    • They have given more playing minutes (2,712) to Englishmen than any other team in the Premier League this season.
    • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Burnley have scored eight own goals in the Premier League; only Bournemouth, with nine, have scored more.
    • Burnley have used just 14 players in the Premier League this season - two fewer than any other side.
    • Ashley Barnes has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2019. Only Sergio Aguero (18), Sadio Mane (16) and Jamie Vardy (15) have scored more.
    ● A 21-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested at the Amex stadium on suspicion of throwing a pie at Wilfried Zaha ●

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