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Brighton & Hove Albion

Turf Moor

Saturday 1st September 2012


Burnley will take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor this Saturday, hoping to get their Championship campaign back on track, following two back-to-back defeats on the road.

The Pre-amble:

The Clarets have been struggling of late with just three points from their three Championship games so far. The superb 2-0 victory over Bolton in the season opener now seems like an eternity ago following two successive defeats on the road against Middlesbrough and then Huddersfield. The performance rather than the 2-0 defeat was the most disappointing last Saturday in the John Smith`s Stadium with the Clarets looking slow and plodding. It was a million miles away from the dizzy heights of that Bolton game when we looked so motivated and powerful. Eddie Howe will be hoping to get things back on track against Brighton at Turf Moor this Saturday and he won`t have been impressed by the midweek victory over League Two Plymouth in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Well, yes we did qualify for the third round but we made hard work of it needing a penalty shoot out to secure victory with the scores remaining level at 1-1 after extra time. To be fair Howe wrung many changes for this clash and only Charlie Austin kept his place in the starting eleven. A lot of the fringe players and young guns were given their chance and in many ways failed to raise their game although it was pleasing to see the performances from Luke O`Neill, Steven Hewitt and Marvin Bartley. We can expect a totally different team lining up against Brighton and one that hopefully can repeat the performance they showed against the Trotters.

Brighton have had a slightly better start to their league campaign compared to Burnley but they have yet to win away having lost 3-0 away to Swindon in the Capital One Cup first round before going down 1-0 at Hull in their Championship opener. Gus Poyet`s men will however have been lifted by their 5-1 thumping of Barnsley in the Amex Stadium on Saturday. They also picked up a point at home to Cardiff in their previous game and on four points from three games are currently tenth in the table.

Burnley Team News:

Martin Paterson is currently recovering from a minor grade one hamstring pull and could be back in contention this Saturday. Fellow striker, Danny Ings though of course will be out of action for some months yet following his torn cartilage. There are no reports of any further injury concerns for Eddie Howe following Tuesday night`s game.

Player to watch: Sam Vokes

Striker, Sam Vokes could line-up against his former team mates on Saturday. Vokes, on loan at Burnley in the first part of last season finished up at Brighton on loan in the second half. His move to Burnley on a permanent basis from Wolves in the summer has still to reap dividends with Vokes still looking for his first league goal this season. He did however score from the spot in last Tuesday night`s penalty shoot out. Hopefully Vokes can give Eddie Howe some tactical advice on the opposition and if he could score a goal against the Seagulls, his confidence could soar.

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

Winger, Will Buckley could be close to making a return after suffering from a hamstring problem. Vicente though could still miss out after picking up a groin injury in the Capital One Cup game away to Swindon and feeling unfit since. Striker, Will Hoskins is out too after fracturing his foot in pre-season training. He was expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Player to watch: Wayne Bridge

32 year old left back Wayne Bridge seems to be relishing his season-long loan move from Manchester City to Brighton & Hove Albion and so far this season he has been an ever-present for the Seagulls. The England international scored his first goal since January 2007 in Brighton's 5-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday and the Clarets will need to be on their guard against him this Saturday.

Team & Tactics:

Will Eddie Howe be tempted to start some of the fringe players who did reasonably well against Plymouth in midweek? Steven Hewitt could be in contention for a place although probably only on the bench. Lucas O`Neill also had a pretty good game but you can`t see him keeping Trippier sidelined. Man of the Match was probably midfielder, Marvin Bartley but could he start ahead of McCann and Marney with Brian Stock also regularly in the eighteen? The other question relates to Martin Paterson. He has been sidelined recently with a minor hamstring tweak with suggestions he could be in contention this Saturday. Although fellow striker, Sam Vokes has also been less than impressive so far I suspect Howe will keep with a Vokes/Austin combination up front with Pato possibly on the bench. Keith Treacy could well miss out altogether following a poor performance on Tuesday night. The former Preston winger was replaced at half-time. The eighteen will most certainly more resemble the line-up against Huddersfield than Plymouth though and it`s a question of whether Howe wishes to change the starting eleven in light of the lacklustre performance against the Terriers.

Although Howe has quite a few options, I will predict the line-up will look something like this: Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mills, Wallace, McCann, Marney, Stanislas, Vokes, Austin

Subs: Jensen, Duff, Mee, Bartley, Stock, Hewitt, Paterson

Ref Watch:

Tyne & Wear referee, Eddie Ilderton gets this game! His last game involving the Clarets was our last match of the 2011-12 season when we drew 1-1 at home to Bristol City. Two yellow cards were shown that day and Ilderton finished his tally for the season on 79 yellows and 6 reds from 37 games. Already this season in three games he has sent one player off and shown yellow 14 times.

Match Prediction:

It is vital the Clarets get back on track after two successive away defeats in our last two league games and a less than impressive win on penalties in the Capital One Cup against Plymouth at Turf Moor last Tuesday night. It should be a formality if we play anything like we did against Bolton in the league season opener but will we? Anything less and we could struggle against the Seagulls especially if we play as bad as we did against Huddersfield in the John Smiths Stadium last Saturday. I think though the Clarets will raise their game and that we will come out victors 2-1. I hope so anyway!

Next Match:

There is an International break now but the Clarets Championship campaign continues on Saturday 15th September with a home game against Peterborough United (Kick-Off: 3pm)

Date:Thursday August 30 2012
Time: 11:12AM

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I'd love to see Pato start. Apart from playing better than Vokes so far this season, he brings an energy that this team desperately needs. The big question marks for me are in the wide areas going forward where we seem to have been seriously lacking since the notloB game.
marjory blenkinsop
30/08/2012 13:26:00
Wallace? No thanks, this will be a battle, wise up Eddie.
30/08/2012 16:40:00
We seem to be following last season, brilliance followed by rubbish. Two home wins now against a good team and an also ran team will restore confidence in the team and the fans. We really need a win against the seagulls, pesky things that they are.
30/08/2012 19:29:00
From what I have seen so far I would at least bring Ben Mee in at left-back on Saturday and play Joseph Mills left midfield so we don't have to endure Wallace AND Junior again. Tempting to do the same on the right but O'Neill is not yet ready for Championship football and Duff's too creaky to play there. Hopefully Pato will be back and we can recall Bartley to play tucked in right midfield. At least we'd have a right side that puts in maximum effort and Bartley would have the pace to cover for Trippier's marauds forward.
BTW Phil - I have again sent you an email and article - see for more details, cheers
31/08/2012 00:02:00
I agree with Cubans thoughts, the back 4 is unlikely to change and so its all about formation, for me with the players available I would go 4 1 4 1, Stock and Austin with a midfield 4 of Marney, McCann, Bartley and Paterson. If Pato is injured!!!!!!! Then it would be Stan as the fitter option over Wallace and Treacle.
31/08/2012 08:44:00
Forgot to add, Vokes and Austin starting together is a tactical nightmare as neither have the pace to "really" close down and chase back which then adds pressure to the midfield 4 selected with them imo.
31/08/2012 09:42:00
Don't agree about Austin. In the Bolton opener he was everywhere chasing back and helping in defence one minute charging forward and scoring the next
31/08/2012 12:26:00
Brighton & Hove Albion complete the signing of Swansea midfielder Andrea Orlandi for an undisclosed fee. He goes straight into squad to face Burnley
31/08/2012 14:45:00
New loan signing Cameron Stewart goes straight in to the starting 11 while Paterson is back but only makes the bench. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Edgar, Shackell, Marney, Bartley, McCann, Stewart, Austin, Stanislas. Subs: Duff, Vokes, Wallace, Paterson, Stock, Mee, Jensen. Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Bridcutt, Crofts, Dicker, Barnes, Mackail-Smith, LuaLua. Subs: Dunk, Orlandi, Calderon, Harley, Agdestein, Buckley, Ankergren.
01/09/2012 14:42:00
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