Please excuse the terribly illustrated analogy above!
Brighton host table toppers Burnley in what is one of the most crucial matches of the season for both sides. A win tomorrow would see Sean Dyche’s Lancashire side climb further away from the pack – 7 points above the Albion. If Brighton win tomorrow, the deficit would be narrowed to a single point. Nail-biting stuff right?
Last 5 games
Chris Hughton’s side have acquired 11 points in their last 5 games. Wins against Leeds, Reading, and MK Dons have been vital as fellow promotion rivals Hull and Boro have been dropping points left, right, and centre recently. Brighton are unbeaten in their last six games.
Burnley were slightly mediocre earlier on in the season (in comparison to their sides quality). However since late December they are unbeaten in the league, a run of 15 games to be precise. This incredible run is closing in on Brighton’s unbeaten run of 21 set earlier this season. Burnley have won four of their last five games, only being stopped by a late Wolves equaliser before the international break. This leaves their side with 13 points in their last in their last 5 games. Burnley had also won 7 straight games before being held by Wolves.
Last time out:
Bobby Zamora gave Brighton the lead within one minute. However this was only to be cancelled out three minutes later with an Andre Gray penalty. A fairly boring stalemate. A draw was a fair result.
Burnley have three familiar faces on their team sheet. Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes, and most notably Ashley Barnes – all once played in the blue and white stripes. It is unlikely we will see Barnes play tomorrow due to a long term injury sustained in their Premier League campaign last season.
We are looking forward too…
Seeing if Brighton can cause a belated April fools upset by ending Burnley’s 15 game unbeaten run.
Fact of the day:
Brighton have won three and lost none of their last five against the Clarets. However, Burnley have won the most points on the road this season in the Championship (32).
Probably the toughest and most important fixture Chris Hughton’s men have to overcome this season. Trying to nullify the threat of Andre Gray and Sam Vokes will be a tough test (they have scored 54% of Burnley’s goals this season). However if Brighton can do that and manage to be as potent on the counter attack as they have been all season then there is a big chance they can overcome the Clarets. Tomorrow is a battle of tactics. Both clubs have quality players (as proven by the table!) but deploying them in the right set up and with a positive mentality could be the difference tomorrow. Personally, I can’t see Brighton overcoming Burnley’s side tomorrow. However that being said I also believe the Seagulls have enough quality to avoid a slip up. I reckon a close-fought draw looks the most likely result.
BHAFC 1 – 1 Burnley