There’s little on the line for either of these teams, as Burnley host Brighton at Turf Moor on the final day of the Premier League season. Both managers will probably be glad of that in some respects, although they may face a challenge to motivate their players in an empty stadium on Sunday.
Where and when: Turf Moor – 26 July, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Burnley vs. Brighton: TBC
Last time: Jeff Hendrick scored an injury-time equaliser for Burnley when the teams drew 1-1 at the Amex back in September.
Burnley v Brighton Predictions and Preview
It was hairy for a long time, but Brighton’s pair of draws in their last two games has proven enough to preserve their top flight status for another year. The Seagulls go into the last day of the season with a four-point gap to the relegation zone, while Burnley are merely playing for places on Sunday.
The Clarets start the game ninth in the Premier League table. They can only move up or down a single place depending on how results go, meaning a top-half finish is assured. They may be a little relieved to miss out on the Europa League in some ways, especially given the extraordinary circumstances of this season and next, with a tight turnaround to the start of next term.
That said, Burnley come into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, where they’ve won four times. They haven’t lost since the drubbing at Manchester City on their return to action last month, picking up a draw away to new champions Liverpool in their subsequent games. Sean Dyche will want to finish the season on a high, and his team are the 16/11 favourites to do so by picking up the win.
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Under 2.5 goals
Wood to score first
Brighton, meanwhile, are priced at 21/10, as they look for their first victory over Burnley since 2013. The teams have met eight times since then in the Championship and Premier League, with Burnley winning twice. Considering the teams have drawn six of those matches, the stalemate this weekend could be worth a look at 12/5.
Of those six draws, three have been goalless. With an empty Turf Moor and little for either set of players to really get themselves motivated for, the same result on Sunday is priced at 10/1. However, given this is the last day of the season and neither team are under any pressure whatsoever, it would still be a surprise if this game ended goalless.
Whatever happens on Sunday, there are a number of players who won’t be able to influence the proceedings. Burnley’s Matthew Lowton, Jack Cork, Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes are all out injured, while Charlie Taylor is also a doubt. Visiting manager Graham Potter will be without Jose Izquierdo and Steven Alzate, although Steven Alzate could be available following a hamstring issue.
One to watch for Burnley: Chris Wood has scored in each of Burnley’s last two games, including the opener against Norwich last weekend and a dramatic 96th-minute penalty to rescue a point against Wolves. He is the Clarets’ top scorer with 13 Premier League goals to his name so far, and the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Brighton: Neil Maupay is Brighton’s top scorer in his first season with the club. His return of 10 goals for the campaign is double the number any of his team mates have managed and the Frenchman is 11/2 for the opener here after breaking the deadlock against Southampton last week.
Long shot: Brighton beat Burnley three times in a row between 2012 and 2013, when the teams were in the Championship together. That run culminated in a 2-0 victory for the Seagulls on the south coast, and the visitors are 12/1 to repeat that result here. With Maupay striking first, you can get 83/1 in a 2-0 scorecast.