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PREVIEW: Burnley vs Brighton & Hove Albion – 28/04/2018

Burnley vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Date: 28/04/2018

K/O: 15.00pm

Venue: Turf Moor

Referee: Roger East

Brighton make the long trip up to Burnley this Saturday afternoon for what is a pivotal game in their bid to cement their Premier League status. Brighton currently find themselves seven points above the relegation zone but have not won in five league games.

Chris Hughton’s team have been handed a particularly tricky run-in with their final three games of the season coming against Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

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A win against Burnley would take them up to 39 points. Almost certainly enough to keep them up in this particular season. Burnley, however, will be looking to cement their Europa League aspirations. With Southampton being knocked out the FA Cup, seventh place is now enough to guarantee Europa League football.

Sean Dyche’s men have had a truly remarkable season. They are nine points clear of Everton in eigth and find themselves only four points behind Arsenal.

Ashley Barnes will be looking to score his 7th goal in nine matches to continue his remarkable end of season form. During the January transfer window there were rumours that Chelsea were interested in the Austria youth player and Sean Dyche may struggle to keep hold of him this summer.

Neither team have any fresh injury worries. Davy Propper will complete his suspension for Brighton whilst Scott Arfield could possibly make a come back from injury for Burnley.

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In any other season both Dyche and Hughton could be contenders for manager of the season. What they have done with their respective squads and budgets is nothing short of remarkable. From guiding Burnley to European football and keeping Brighton in the Premier League at the first time of asking, they are paving the way for British managers and constantly raising our expectations of our homegrown managerial talent.

Predicted Starting XIs

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward; Westwood, Cork, Gudmunsson; Wood, Barnes

Brighton: Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo; Gross, Murray

Prediction: Burnley 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Written by Dom Clarke,

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 21 20 1 0 61
2 Manchester City 22 15 2 5 47
3 Leicester City 22 14 3 5 45
4 Chelsea 22 12 3 7 39
5 Manchester United 22 9 7 6 34
6 Sheffield United 22 8 8 6 32
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 7 10 5 31
8 Tottenham Hotspur 22 8 6 8 30
9 Crystal Palace 22 7 8 7 29
10 Arsenal 22 6 10 6 28
11 Everton 22 8 4 10 28
12 Southampton 22 8 4 10 28
13 Newcastle United 22 7 5 10 26
14 Brighton & Hov… 22 6 6 10 24
15 Burnley 22 7 3 12 24
16 West Ham United 21 6 4 11 22
17 Watford 22 5 7 10 22
18 Aston Villa 22 6 3 13 21
19 AFC Bournemouth 22 5 5 12 20
20 Norwich City 22 3 5 14 14

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