Brighton & Hover Albion Football Club take on Burnley at the American Express Community Stadium on 9/14/19.
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
The Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was founded in 1901 and the Seagulls played their early years in the Southern League before their entry to the Football League in 1920. From 1979 to 1983, they enjoyed considerable success while playing in the First Division and even made it to the 1983 FA Cup Final.
However, this club sank to the 4th division during the 1990s. They regrouped and earned successive promotions in the early 2000s and then after a second-place finish in the EFL Championship in 2017, they earned their way back to the Premier League after a 34-year absence. They finished 15th in their first season back but were nearly relegated the last time out after a 17th place finish. Chris Hughton was sacked and he was replaced by Graham Potter who is tasked of keeping Brighton in the top flight.
Florin Andone, Neal Murray, and Leandro Trossard have found the back of the net and are in goal-scoring form early in the season. Meanwhile, Lewis Dunk and Davy Propper have assisted for Brighton. Goalkeeper Matthew Ryan has conceded three goals with seven saves this season.
Brighton is tied for 5th in Goal Difference this season. They also have scored a total of four goals which puts them in 7th spot and their total of 2 assists this season ranks 11th. On the defensive side, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club has conceded just three goals for a tie of 5th place.
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Founder in 1882, Burnley was among the dozen founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club won their first English title when they captured the First Division in 1920/21. They won a second championship in 1959/60 but were relegated to the Third Division in 1979/80 and then to the Fourth Division five years later. They crawled their way back to the Premier League with a series of titles and promotions. Burnley joins Wolverhampton, Preston North End, Sheffield United, and Portsmouth as the only clubs to win all four divisions of English football system.
Burnley finished 15th in the EPL final table during the previous term and earned a total of 40 points the year. Burnley were also participants in the FA Cup, EFL Cup, and UEFA Europa League, the latter being their first time to qualify in a European Tournament in over 50 years.
Jay Rodriguez has returned for a second tour of duty in Turf Moor. He has never been a prolific striker but after scoring 22 goals in 2018/19 for West Brom, he has plenty to show in the Premier League. Meanwhile, forward Ashley Barnes has scored four goals in the first three matches for Burnley in a fast start.
Burnley ranks 4th in Goal Difference in the EPL and they are tied for 5th place with a total of five goals scored so far. The squad has also produced three assists to rank 7th in that statistical category. On the other side of the field, Burnley is among a group of teams tied for 5th spot with a total of three goals conceded so far.
Brighton enters this contest as the slight soccer betting favorites. They have gone 2-1-2 SU in their last five contests while Burnley has just one win in its last five games, going 1-1-3 during that period. Head to head, this matchup has been pretty much even with nine of 18 matches ending in a draw. Brighton has four wins while Burnley has won five other times.
Brighton is winless in its last four matches and they are coming off a 0-4 drubbing at the hands-on Manchester City. On the other hand, Burnley is coming off back to back EPL losses to Arsenal and Liverpool. Both these teams have not displayed good form as of late. That said, I expect the home field to help Brighton here but given that Burnley has won the last two meetings between these two teams, I like the betting value on them. Prediction: Burnley