Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley Preview: Can Burnley get their first Premier League victory of the season?
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Burnley are in desperate need of a result, sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table and travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion who need some good fortune of their own.

The Seagulls were consigned to their fifth league defeat of the campaign despite a solid performance at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Their opponents this week also put in a good performance against Spurs last week but were completely outclassed and outplayed by Chelsea at Turf Moor on Saturday.

  • Team News

Tariq Lamptey is a doubt again after being withdrawn after scoring at Spurs, but the hopes are it was only cramp and the young full back should be fit.

Solly March is a bigger doubt after also being forced off during the defeat with an ankle injury, while Robert Sanchez could keep his place in the Brighton goal.

Neal Maupay could be recalled after allegedly being left out over concerns for his attitude.

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The Clarets are handed a huge boost with the potential return of club captain Ben Mee to the back-line.

Phil Bardsley is also back in contention after completing his isolation period for COVID-19, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains a doubt after missing the Chelsea defeat.

Robbie Brady could be in contention to start, as could Jay Rodriguez which would be a welcome change for Burnley fans.

Predicted Line-ups

Brighton and Hove Albion

Sanchez; Webster, Veltman Burn; Lamptey, Bissouma, White, Bernardo; Lallana, Trossard; Maupay.

Burnley

Pope; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Westwood, Brownhill; Brady, McNeil, Rodriguez; Wood.

  • Ones to watch

Ben White

The central defender turned central midfielder has been a star in the beginning of this season for Graham Potter’s side.

After being the subject of many bids from Leeds United, his temporary home last season, White has just got his head down and played good football.

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Lamptey is the one who gets a lot of the “young Englishman” praise and rightfully so, but don’t overlook Ben White.

He is controlled on the ball, able to pick passes like any experienced midfielder.

He can defend as well, and defend very well for that matter, and provides helpful cover in the centre of defence when his team are defending.

He is aggressive in the air and in the tackle and doesn’t shy away from any challenge, so the usual physicality that Burnley will bring should test him well.

Ben Mee

Ben Mee has only just returned from injury and might not be fully match fit just yet.

However, his return even to just training will have given The Clarets players a huge lift.

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If he is on the team-sheet come Friday tea time, his inclusion will be a welcome boost to the starting 11.

Strong, no nonsense defending is the way to play, brilliant in the air and has the ability to play football when required.

Himself and James Tarkowski have been as solid as a rock in recent Premier League seasons and the return of this partnership will be a massive improvement.

Take nothing away from Kevin Long, but Burnley have been missing the leadership Mee brings and, should he return Friday, will welcome it back with open arms.

  • Previous Meeting

Burnley 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion (26/07/20)

The final game of last season was a good contest, which Brighton came away from victorious.

Yves Bissouma gave the visitors the lead, thrashing home a thunderous effort from the edge of the box, before Chris Wood equalised minutes before the interval.

Aaron Connolly put Brighton back ahead just after half time, and they held on for the win despite Burnley finishing the game stronger.

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Wood went close for Burnley at the end but they couldn’t find a way past Mat Ryan and The Seagulls took the final three points of the season.

  • Where to watch

The game at the AMEX Stadium kicks off at 5:30pm on Friday, live on Sky Sports Box Office for the price of £14.95.

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