Brighton

V

Falmer Stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Burnley

V

Falmer Stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: This will be the first meeting between Brighton and Burnley in the top flight of English football, with both clubs exceeding expectations so far this season.

Last time: Michael Keane scored an injury time equaliser for Burnley the last time the two teams met. This was in April of last year in the Championship, with the result playing a part in the Clarets winning the league and Brighton finishing in third. The Seagulls lost out on automatic promotion on goal difference, and failed to reach the play-off final.

This time: Brighton are 13/8 to win with Burnley at 12/5 and the draw 21/10.

You might remember: Referee Craig Pawson and his assistant failing to award Burnley a goal when an 88th minute Keane header from a Matthew Taylor corner clearly crossed the line. Luckily for the Clarets, the defender wasn’t to be denied as he bagged the stoppage time equaliser from another Taylor corner.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

While both sides have been impressive in the Premier League so far this season, it’s the visitors that have really caught the eye. Burnley are sniffing around the top four places at the moment, which is a stunning effort considering we’re nearly halfway through the campaign.

Brighton are 13/8 to win this one, which would take them to the 20-point mark. Some of the teams below them are starting to pick up more points now, so the Seagulls could use a victory to alleviate some of the pressure going into the busy Christmas schedule. They’re without a win in their last five, so this would be a great time for a confidence boost.

Burnley are 12/5 and start as underdogs despite their excellent form and lofty league position. This looks a generous price on the away win, especially considering some of the results the Clarets have already achieved away from Turf Moor this term. They beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season, claimed a point at both Tottenham and Liverpool, and have also recorded wins at Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth.

The draw is 21/10, which could be a decent bet after the round of midweek fixtures these sides had to play. Both managers will want to avoid tired legs over the festive period, so there could be a few changes that disrupt rhythms. The 1-1 draw looks like good value at 11/2, while a 2-2 scoreline is priced at 20/1.

Glenn Murray is 7/2 to score in a Brighton win, and 11/2 to get the first goal of the game. As the striker’s scored five of his team’s last eight goals, he’ll be crucial to any success the Seagulls have in this one.

Ashley Barnes is 6/1 to open the scoring, after getting the only goal of the game against Stoke on Tuesday. Chris Wood meanwhile is 11/2 to score first, and 7/4 to score anytime. The striker has weighed in with some important goals for Burnley, who are 2/1 to keep their ninth clean sheet of the season.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A low scoring game. Burnley have comfortably scored the fewest goals in the top half of the Premier League table, averaging less than a goal a game, and have kept eight clean sheets in their 17 games so far. Brighton meanwhile have a decent defensive record of their own and also have a scoring ratio of less than a goal a game.

The 0-0 draw is priced at 13/2, while you can bet against both teams scoring at 4/5. Brighton are 14/5 to win to nil, while Burnley are a tempting 4/1 for the same bet.

2

We fancy:

Burnley to win and Chris Wood to score at 3/1. Back the New Zealander to claim another crucial goal for the visitors as Dyche’s men continue their unlikely assault on the European places.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Ashely Barnes to score and Burnley to win 1-0 at 30/1. It’d be some story if the forward got his second winner inside a week, and this scoreline would be a third consecutive 1-0 win for the Clarets.

Written by Oli Coates

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