Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 9th February 2019

Burnley have done their survival hopes a real favour by going on a six game unbeaten run in the Premier League. Although there’s still plenty work left to be done, an extension of this streak would allow the Clarets to relax just a little as we head towards the run-in. For now though, Sean Dyche’s men have 18th place Cardiff, sitting just two points behind, chomping at their heels.

Brighton certainly are not strong relegation candidates but the Seagulls wouldn’t be blamed for keeping one eye on the situation behind them. Failure to win any of their last five league matches has seen them edge closer to the bottom three and they are now only three points clear of their upcoming opponents.

Top Tips

Draw @ 9/4

Under 2.5 goals @ 8/15

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Brighton & Hove Albion News: Stephens back available

Brighton's AMEX Stadium Prior to Match

Dale Stephens was named in the starting line-up to face Watford last weekend but after feeling pain in his hip, the midfielder was forced to pull out. Chris Hughton said he’s been feeling a lot better since though, with the issue no longer causing him any discomfort. He appears set for a Premier League return this weekend as a result; but the same cannot be said for Jose Izquierdo. The injured Colombian is still being monitored carefully and he will not be back until later in the month.

Burnley News: Crouch makes instant impact on top-flight return

Burnley's Turf Moor Stadium
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At 38 years old, Peter Crouch certainly would not have been expecting to taste any more Premier League action. Despite only being a bit part player at Championship outfit Stoke this season, Burnley made a move for the gangly striker late in the transfer window. Soon after putting pen to paper, the former England striker was brought on as substitute against Southampton. Proving difficult to mark, Jack Stephens ended up handling the ball as he tussled with Crouch inside the box, resulting in a late Burnley penalty.

Adams not disappointed by failed Burnley swoop

Birmingham striker Che Adams was subject to four separate bids from Burnley in the transfer window, the last in excess of £12m. In order to sweeten the deal the Clarets had posed the possibility of loaning the striker back to the Blues but this was impossible due to their transfer embargo. The Midlands club rejected all bids in the end and earlier in the week Adams opened up about the failed attempt to sign him. The 22 year old said he never seriously considered the move and insisted he is more than happy at his current employers.

Analysis: Burnley back to their old selves

The defensively frail Burnley we saw earlier in the season was not the one that managed to finish seventh last year. Sean Dyche has worked hard to solve his side's problems and it has paid off with the Clarets looking far more assured in recent weeks. Having regained their steel, the confident visitors will be expecting to get something from this competitive looking match.

Hard to see a winner on the south coast

Draws have been a common feature in recent clashes between these two sides and another stalemate (9/4) looks to be on the cards. Brighton have been as organised and disciplined as usual but there has been a real lack of magic upfront lately. Burnley on the other hand have made some improvements in attack lately but nothing you can say is overly drastic. The Clarets have tied their last three Premier League matches while Brighton have been forced to settle for a point in three of their last seven. These kinds of matches are often decided by a little bit of special quality but this is something neither team looks like having.

Brighton lack cutting edge

Brighton had enough chances to beat Watford last weekend but they simply could not find a way past Ben Foster. Even the best teams have those kinds of days now and again but for the Seagulls, it was just another reminder of their recent limitations going forwards. Chris Hughton’s men have now managed just seven goals in their last seven league bouts and they have the second lowest shot count in the league. Burnley are the only side who have registered fewer efforts on goal and they won’t get many chances to pull the trigger this weekend. Brighton’s last five home matches have seen under 2.5 goals and you should back the run to extend further this weekend (8/15).

Recent Matches

This fixture has been a real magnet for draws during the last few seasons. Prior to Burnley’s slender victory over Brighton in December, the two clubs had drawn all of their last five meetings.

8th December 2018: Burnley 1 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Burnley took themselves out of the relegation zone with a hard-fought three points in this contest. James Tarkowski scored the only goal of the game as he deflect Jack Cork’s effort off his chest and into the net. The Clarets were good value for the lead but had to withstand heavy pressure late on as Brighton piled on the pressure. It was a case of too little too late for the Seagulls though who spent much of the game looking rather toothless.

28th April 2018: Burnley 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

A point for Burnley here put them on the brink of securing a place in next season’s Europa League. With just two games remaining, the Clarets had a six-point advantage over eighth placed Everton. While a hugely memorable campaign, this game was most forgettable, such was the absence of quality. Brighton in particularly brought little to the match and it was easy to see why they only had nine league away goals to their name.

16th December 2017: Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 0 Burnley

Glenn Murray was left to rue his missed penalty as this game finished goalless. Having been fouled by Tarkowski, Brighton’s number 17 composed himself for the spot-kick but proceeded to blaze it over the bar. The hosts didn’t come close to scoring after this and they completely lost their dominance in the second-half. The Clarets were the most likely side to convert after the break but a busy Matthew Ryan was on hand to keep them at bay.

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