Burnley-Brighton & Hove Albion Preview
Perhaps the recent international break will have refreshed both Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion to spark some better form than they've shown of late within the Premier League.
Each side looks to end a three-match winless stretch when they meet Saturday at the Amex.
Burnley (1-1-2) and Brighton (1-1-2) return from the break looking to jump-start their seasons, which actually got off to promising starts. But after each won their opener, neither club has tasted victory again.
In the case of Burnley, they kicked off the campaign with a 3-0 win over Southampton but have totaled two goals since. The Clarets lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool in their most recent league match on Aug. 31. However, they don't seem too concerned about their current situation.
"It's the early days in the season so you can't judge it too far," captain Ben Mee told Burnley's official website. "We are always looking to do better, but it's been a reasonable start and hopefully we can carry it on for the first block of 10 games and see where we're at. We want to pick up more points."
Burnley can probably use a little more offensive punch from someone other than ex-Brighton man Ashley Barnes, who has scored four of the club's five Premier League goals. Barnes, who played parts of five seasons with Brighton, had a goal with an assist in Burnley's 3-1 victory at Brighton last season, when his side did the double over the Seagulls.
"My focus is going to be on Burnley this weekend, but Brighton is somewhere that's close to my heart and I will follow them for the rest of my life," Barnes told Brighton's official website.
Brighton have not beaten Burnley in four Premier League games, going 0-2-2, and are trying to avoid a third consecutive league contest without a goal. The Seagulls last scored on Leandro Trossard's goal in the 65th minute of a 1-1 draw versus West Ham United on Aug. 17. They fell 4-0 to defending champions Manchester City in their most recent Premier League contest on Aug. 31.
Similar to Burnley, Seagulls players are trying to look at the positive aspects that have been achieved and build on those moving forward.
"We're improving every day and we've had good performances," midfielder Pascal Gross told Brighton's official website. "We have to get results because this is the Premier League and it's tough. But, we're looking to improve both - playing well and also getting the points we need."
According to the club's official website, Brighton won't have the services of Trossard for this match after he suffered a groin injury while playing for Belgium on international duty.
Updated September 12, 2019