Big top of the table clash on Saturday between Brighton and Burnley, in a game which the result will surely shape up the promotion race. With an expected sell-out at The AMEX for a league game, for the first timesince the visit from Wolves back in 2013, it’s set to be a cracker in front of the Sky cameras.
Former Albion player Ashley Barnes could make a return to the matchday 18 for the first time in nearly a year, after picking up a knee injury last May. Scott Arfield is doubtful after picking up a back injury whilst on international duty. Andre Gray is the leading scorer for the Clarets with 20, while Sam Vokes is second; he has hit 13 goals this season thus far.
FACT; Burnley are currently on a 15 game unbeaten run, winning 11; their last defeat was away to Hull on Boxing Day.
Bobby Zamora is to be assessed before the game, but is likely to miss out. Chris Hughton has no fresh new injuries to worry about, with Sam Baldock seemly shaken off the slight injury he picked up against MK Dons two weeks ago. Tomer Hemed has now moved to 13 goals for the season after scoring a brace at MK Dons; he has now moved into the Championship’s top 10 scorers.
FACT; Brighton have picked up 42 points at home this season, only bettered by Burnley (43).
Earlier In The Season: BFC - BHAFC (22/11/15);
The game at Turf Moor ended in a 1-1 draw, after Bobby Zamora scored within the first minute. However, an Andre Gray penalty just 3 minutes later shared the points.
Both Brighton and Burnley have won 5 each of the 17 meetings between the 2, with the previous 2 being draws and Brighton being unbeaten against Burnley in 5 games, conceding only 2 in those games compared to Burnley’s 7. The previous home defeat to Burnley was the infamous game when Romain Vincelot and Barnes were sent off within the first 12 minutes.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Brighton 1-1 Burnley