Burnley vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Prediction, 7/26/20
Two teams, that have already cemented their places in the Premier League for the next season, will meet up in Lancashire, with local Burnley playing host to Brighton & Hove Albion. Kick-off - at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 26.
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Burnley Extend Unbeaten Run
The unbeaten streak of Burnley extended to seven Premier League games (W4 D3) after the team picked up a 2-0 victory against relegated Norwich City away at Carrow Road last Saturday. Both sides exchanged just one shot on target before the hosts saw two red cards at the end of the first half, with Chris Wood converting an overhead kick shortly after the second sending off, eventually leaving nine-men Norwich to score an own-goal in the following frame. It was the 9th-placed Clarets’ 15th Premier League victory this season (W15 D9 L13) - a club record in the competition.
New Zealand striker Wood leads Burnley with 13 Premier League strikes. Englishman Nick Pope, meanwhile, occupies the 4th position in the EPL’s goalkeeper chart, having stopped 118 shots thus far this year. He has registered a joint league-high 15 clean sheets in 37 games during the current campaign and concedes a goal every 69 minutes of play. Burnley have netted the 12th highest amount of league snipes this season (42), while taking the 3rd lowest quantity of shots per game (10.1%). The team is 2nd from the bottom in ball possession (43.6%) and bottom of the league in passing accuracy (69.9%).
Brighton Confirm EPL Safety
Brighton & Hove Albion secured a spot in the Premier League for the next season after playing out a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on Monday. The Seagulls controlled the ball 63% of the time and were just narrowly outshot by the visitors (12-11), but failed to generate any real urgency, with their best chance of the game coming when Neal Maupay was brought down in the Magpies’ box in the first half, only for the penalty claim to be denied. Brighton are winless in their last four league outings (D2 L2) and sit 15th in the standings with a W8 D14 L15 record.
French forward Maupay tops the Seagulls' scoring table with 10 markers for the season. Goalie Mat Ryan, meanwhile, sits 5th in the Premier League with 116 saves. He has recorded nine clean sheets in 37 fixtures during the ongoing campaign and allows a goal every 63 minutes on average. Brighton have buried the 4th lowest quantity of EPL goals this year (37), while posting the 9th highest number of shots per game (12.1). The team is 7th in ball possession (51.8%) and 8th in passing accuracy (81.1%).
Neither team has much to play for in their last fixture of the season, apart from Burnley, who can still help their goalie Nick Pope to get his 16th clean sheet of the season, thus guaranteeing him at least a share of the Golden Glove award. The Clarets’ players have already expressed their determination to do so and will keep Brighton & Hove Albion at a distance, probably sacrificing a more attacking approach to the game of their own. If anything, expect a drab affair with a minimal amount of scoring chances, with a scoreless draw definitely looking like a realistic end result here. Six of the past eight meetings between the two sides have already finished as stalemates, with the count of 0-0 popping up on three occasions.
Burnley clean sheet (+215)
Under 1.5 goals (+255)
Correct score: 0-0 (+985)