Kick-off: 1500, 14/09/2019
Stadium: Amex Stadium
Brighton and Burnley made dream starts to the season but have both struggled to reproduce the performances from the opening weekend.
They both started the new campaign with a 3-0 win but have managed only a point apiece since then, although a tricky run of fixtures has not helped.
An open contest can be expected, with both teams seeing this as a realistic chance of a victory, so our opening Brighton vs Burnley prediction is both teams to score at 19/20.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton’s win at Watford on the opening day was the perfect way for new manager Graham Potter to get off the mark but results have got worse since then.
They were held to a 1-1 draw at home by West Ham and then lost 2-0 to south-coast rivals Southampton, before a 4-0 thrashing at champions Manchester City.
That result was perhaps inevitable, especially after going behind after just 68 seconds, but Potter was pleased with the performance.
He said: “The result is not something we are enjoying, of course, but the performance of the players was one of real courage – some good play and their application was fantastic.”
We still think Brighton may take time to gel as they get used to a new playing style under Potter and inconsistency could be a problem in the first few months of the season.
Burnley, on the other hand, know just how to play to their strengths and look good value for an away win at 5/2 in the Brighton vs Burnley odds.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Dunk, Webster, Montoya, Bernardo, Burn, Stephens, Trossard, March, Propper, Maupay.
Brighton will be without winger Leandro Trossard (groin). Ezequiel Schelotto (knee) could make his comeback, Yves Bissouma (shoulder) is due to return to training next week and Jose Izquierdo (knee) is still sidelined.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley are also on four points from four matches but have had a much more difficult run of fixtures.
Having beaten Southampton 3-0 at home on the opening weekend, they then impressed in a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal and held Wolves to a 1-1 draw at Molineux.
A 3-0 defeat against Liverpool prior to the international break is not a concern and manager Sean Dyche said: “I have got to be honest, I was pretty pleased with the performance overall.
“I don’t think it ends up a 3-0 game on the actual game. The first one is unlucky, the second one is a mistake and until then I didn’t think there was a lot in it.
“They are clinical, no taking away from them today. We held our own in so many ways but the details are so important in every game, especially against the top sides.”
Burnley should still be full of confidence for their trip to Brighton, having done the double over the Seagulls last season, including a 3-1 win at this venue thanks to a Chris Wood double and an Ashley Barnes penalty.
All four of their away wins last season were against teams that finished in the bottom seven and they failed to keep a clean sheet in any of them, winning 2-1 or 3-1 in all four games.
With that in mind, we’re backing the Clarets to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 as the last of our Brighton vs Burnley betting tips at 7/1.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Cork, McNeil, Westwood, Lennon, Wood, Barnes.
Burnley midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out for several weeks after injuring his ankle in an altercation outside a nightclub.
Robbie Brady is fully fit after missing the start of the season with a fractured rib while Dwight McNeil has recovered from a tight hamstring. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is touch and go with a calf problem.
Man City 4-0 BRIGHTON
BURNLEY 0-3 Liverpool
Head-to-head: Brighton 1-3 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Brighton, Burnley 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 0-0 Burnley
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