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Burnley v Brighton betting tips: Clarets hope for fast start

| 08.08.2021
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Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League clash

Burnley and Brighton kick off their respective Premier League campaigns full of hope, and we have examined the odds for some Burnley v Brighton betting tips.

The sides respectively finished 16th and 17th in the Premier League last season and, realistically, top-flight survival is going to be the aim for both again.

Saturday’s match, which takes place at Turf Moor, kicks off at 3.00pm BST.

Burnley v Brighton match odds

Despite dealing with a limited budget, Sean Dyche’s Burnley begin their sixth season in the top flight and they are 21/10 for an opening win in Burnley v Brighton betting tips.

Last season was a remarkable one. They maintained their strong home form despite being unable to welcome fans to Turf Moor.

Though they lost their last four home games of the season, they held the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Leicester, and got the better of Wolves and Aston Villa.

The Clarets will hope for a better start than the last campaign when they collected just two points from their opening seven fixtures in the top flight, the worst start to a season in their history.

That was down to a length injury list, but they have not nearly as many issues this time. Of those who finished in the bottom half last term, only two teams conceded fewer goals at home than Burnley.

The Clarets are one of the favourites to be relegated at 12/5 while they are 9/2 for a top-half Premier League finish.

In contrast, Brighton, who arrive here as 6/4 shots to win, scored just 18 league goals away from home last season – only Sheffield United and Wolves netted fewer.

Worryingly, they have not spent any of the £50million received from Arsenal for defender Ben White on a striker.

Graham Potter’s side are a joy to watch at times, but they fail to take chances and had the sixth-worst away record in the Premier League last season.

Last season’s two meetings finished 0-0 and 1-1 and the draw appeals at 21/10 in Burnley v Brighton betting tips given these look two well-matched teams.

Brighton are 15/2 to be relegated and it is 13/8 that the Seagulls record a top-half finish.

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Burnley v Brighton head-to-head

There have been 37 meetings since 1961 and each side has won 11 of those contests, with 16 meetings drawn, including three of the last four.

Ten of the last 13 meetings saw fewer than three total goals and it is 27/20 that three or more goals will be scored between them on Saturday.

Four of their last five meetings saw both sides find the net and it is 19/20 for both teams to score in Burnley v Brighton betting tips.

Burnley v Brighton team news

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope – who ruled himself out of the European Championship following surgery on his knee – is being nursed back to full fitness and did not figure in any pre-season games.

Kevin Long and Dale Stephens won’t make it in time for the first day of term while there is also a doubt over striker Chris Wood, who captained New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics and only returned last Thursday.

Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey (hamstring) is ruled out and Potter has defensive issues to overcome. With White sold and back-up Leo Ostigard joining Stoke on loan, the Seagulls could have done without Dan Burn going down with a knee injury.

Jan Paul van Hecke is also injured and Joel Veltman is likely to start against Burnley, who are 19/5 to win to nil and 5/4 to score the first goal.

Burnley v Brighton key battles

Brighton strengthened their midfield when signing Enock Mwepa from Red Bull Salzburg and he slots alongside Mali international midfielder Yves Bissouma, who is still being linked with a move away from the Amex Stadium.

That pair will need to protect the makeshift back four and they are going to be instrumental in Potter’s system.

Burnley are lacking in wide areas and Wood, who has scored eight times in 17 meetings with Brighton and is 17/10 to score at any time – will face a tough day if the supply line is held in check.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham