Burnley Brighton & Hove Albion preview: Clarets aiming for best points total
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The Premier League season comes to it's final conclusion on Sunday, as Burnley take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Turf Moor, with both teams on the search for their own top flight points records.

The Clarets can achieve their record with a draw and can still finish as high as eighth in the table while their opponents have secured their safety from relegation and The Seagulls can rise a position to 15th, but only all three points will achieve their record.

A win for Sean Dyche and his team will guarantee a finish above Arsenal and will move them to 57 points and will finish eighth if Sheffield United fail to beat Southampton.

Graham Potter will still be setting his side up for all three points to earn the record and  his team could still leapfrog West Ham United, which would equal the place they achieved in their debut season in the top-flight.

Team News

Dyche confirmed that Charlie Taylor has joined the list of players that will miss the final game of the season alongside Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee, Matt Lowton and Jack Cork.

Everyone else is fit and available for selection, and there could be several youngsters earning themselves some minutes on Sunday.

Nick Pope will be expected to start as he looks to secure the Golden Glove award and earn himself his 16th clean sheet of the season.

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Burnley have consistently named academy players on the bench since the resumption of football but, as Dyche revealed in his press conference, he won't look to start any in the 11 but they could make appearances from the bench. 

Ali Koiki has been around the first team this season, as has Joel Mumbongo from the Under 23s who was on the bench last time out against Norwich City along with Anthony Glennon, Jimmy Dunne, Anthony Driscoll-Glennon, Mace Goodridge, Josh Benson and Max Thompson.

Brighton manager Potter reported no new injuries in his press conference and has a full squad available to him, as Jose Izquierdo and Steven Alzate remain the only unavailable players.

Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray might be on their way out of the AMEX so could be in line to make their farewell appearance.

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As with the hosts, we could see a number of youngsters make an appearance, with Alex Cochrane on the bench for the draw at Newcastle United.

Aaron Connolly has made a number of first team appearances this season and could get a start on the final day and promising youngster Taylor Richards could make his league debut.

Predicted Line-ups

BURNLEY: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters; Brady, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeill; Wood, Rodriguez.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION: Ryan; Lamptey, Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Stephesn, Propper, Mac Allister, Trossard; Murray, Connolly.

Past Five Results

Burnley have been grinding out results since the restart and have left themselves the smallest of chances of qualifying for the Europa League, even if they do require Chelsea to recover from 3-0 down against Bayern Munich and go on to win the Champions League, as well as finishing fifth in the league.

Unbeaten in their past seven games, The Clarets have won two and drawn three games in their past five games, holding Sheffield United, Champions Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers all to 1-1 draws.

Wins against West Ham and Norwich cemented the top half finish for Dyche’s men, with The Canaries handing the win to Burnley last time thanks in part to two red cards in the first half.

For Brighton, their form before the restart left them in a good position as results haven’t been all too favourable in the previous five games.

A 1-0 win at Carrow Road all but secured safety for The Seagulls, as heavy defeats against Liverpool and then Manchester City by 1-3 and 0-5 score-lines followed.  

Draws against Southampton and last time out against Newcastle, which guaranteed their safety, means that Potter has been able to relax.

Previous encounters

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In the return fixture, Brighton took a deserved lead through Neil Maupay in the second half with a volley steered past Pope.

Burnley grew into the game late on and pressed for an equaliser, when Jeff Hendrick drove home a spectacular effort from range after a little lay off from Matej Vydra.

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The Seagulls dominated throughout the game but were not able to extend their lead or find the winner late on, which denied Potter his first home win as Seagulls manager.

The Seagulls haven’t beaten Burnley since 2013 when Andrew Crofts and Leonardo Ulloa scored the goals in a 2-0 win.

However, it hasn’t been one way traffic entirely either, as there has been six draws in the last eight games, including the one from this season.

Burnley did do the double of The Seagulls last season, with a 1-0 win at Turf Moor and a 1-3 win at the Amex, which were their first wins against Brighton since April 2012.

What the Managers have said

Sean Dyche is still targeting all three points and said he doubts he will attempt to use some of his youngsters on Sunday, claiming the club don’t want the youngsters to “get hurt by the experience”.

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He was in a reflective mood at his press conference saying the season has been “a really big achievement.

“Over the summer there will be a view of it where people go ‘they have delivered through all sorts of different challenges’ and that is credit to the staff and the players.”

Graham Potter has been very impressed with the way his opponents have performed this year.

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They’ve been fantastic in terms of the points they have got. Sean Dyche has done a really good job, their effective in what they do and are an experienced Premier League side.”

Potter also recognised his own team’s performances saying they “adapted in the best way we could, credit to the players for that.”

Where to watch

The game is one of eight live games on Sky Sports on the final day of the season this Sunday, this game featuring on Sky Sports Arena, with all games kicking off at 4pm.

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