After enduring mixed starts to the new season, Brighton and Burnley meet this weekend hoping to gather some momentum after the international break.
Both find themselves on four points after four games having recorded one victory and one draw each, making Saturday’s encounter an unpredictable contest.
For the most part, we already know what we’re going to get from Sean Dyche’s Burnley, but newcomer Graham Potter’s Brighton remain a bit of an unknown quantity.
In any case, it all makes for an enticing prospect at the Amex Stadium. Read on for our preview, predictions, possible XIs, TV information and more.
When is Brighton vs Burnley and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Amex Stadium
Date: Saturday, 14 September
Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Brighton vs Burnley
9 February 2019: Brighton 1-3 Burnley (Premier League)
8 December 2018: Burnley 1-0 Brighton (Premier League)
28 April 2018: Burnley 0-0 Brighton (Premier League)
16 December 2017: Brighton 0-0 Burnley (Premier League)
2 April 2016: Brighton 2-2 Burnley (Championship)
Aggregate Score: Brighton (LLDDD) 3-6 Burnley (WWDDD)
Ones to watch
Brighton: Neal Maupay
Maupay made an instant impact for Brighton when he came off the bench to score against Watford on his debut. The former Brentford striker lit up the Championship last season and has now been tasked with making the step up to the Premier League, but he hasn’t found the net since the opening weekend.
Florin Andone’s loan move to Galatasaray means there is one fewer striker for Maupay to compete with for a place, so perhaps the Frenchman will be given more chances to add to his goal tally.
Key stat: Only Teemu Pukku (29) scored more goals than Maupay (25) in the Championship last season.
Burnley: Ashley Westwood
Danny Drinkwater was supposed to add depth to Burnley’s midfield this season but the Chelsea loanee has been out with an ankle injury as a result of a nightclub incident. Speaking this week, Dyche revealed Drinkwater will be given a second chance when fit again, saying: “This is just a bump in the situation. We want to make sure he gets back to being fully fit, playing well, the eye of the tiger that it takes to be a top player.”
In the meantime, Ashley Westwood will continue to be Burnley’s main man in midfield. The 29-year-old has the right mix of tenacity and creativity Dyche requires from a central midfielder, so Brighton should be wary.
Key stat: Westwood has made 33 successful passes ending in the final third so far this season, at least seven more than any other Burnley player.
Leandro Trossard suffered a groin injury while playing for Belgium during the international break and is unavailable for the hosts but Ezequiel Schelotto has returned to training. Yves Bissouma and Jose Izquierdo have been ruled out.
Predicted XI: Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Burn; Montoya, Stephens, Propper, Bernardo; Maupay, Murray, March.
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Dwight McNeil is back in contention after a hamstring problem while Ashley Barnes has recovered from a groin injury and should start. Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains a minor doubt, but Robbie Brady is likely to return to the squad.
Predicted XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.
Burnley have gotten the better of Brighton in recent meetings but Graham Potter will be desperate to get his first league win at the Amex since taking over the Seagulls. If they can break the visitors down early, they might just be able to see off an inevitable fightback from the Clarets and record a narrow victory.
Scoreline prediction: Brighton 2-1 Burnley