Brighton and Hove Albion welcome Burnley to the Amex Stadium in the Premier League on Friday evening with both sides looking to end their respective poor form.
The Seagulls head into this one in 16th place in the Premier League standings with five points from their seven games so far.
As for opponents Burnley, they’re currently rock bottom of the Premier League table having secured just a single point from their opening 6 League matches.
Brighton’s league position doesn’t quite tell the story of their campaign so far, with Graham Potter’s side turning in some decent performances against tough opposition.
However, Albion haven’t been able to turn those promising displays into points, with games they have dominated against sides outside the top eight in the division still not yielding a full allocation.
Burnley’s issues may stem from the fact that they were reluctant to spend money in the summer transfer window perhaps triggered by the current coronavirus crisis.
The Clarets spent just £1m on former Brighton man Dale Stephens during the summer as their only real addition of note.
The lack of investment in the playing squad, coupled with several injuries to Burnley’s first team, has left Sean Dyche with a threadbare squad for this first stretch of games.
Those fitness issues are beginning to look up for Dyche, with no new injuries to contend with ahead of Friday’s clash with Brighton.
The potential return of Phil Bardsley and Ben Mee to the fold would be a huge boost, although it seems unlikely either player would feature from the start.
Johan Berg Gudmundsson is an expected absentee with a calf injury – the Iceland international missed the last fixture against Chelsea with the same problem.
For Graham Potter’s Brighton, Solly March is a major doubt to face Burnley due to an ankle injury sustained last time out against Tottenham Hotspur.
Brighton hearts were in mouths regarding the fitness of Tariq Lamptey during the game in North London after the impressive youngster was withdrawn. However, it was just a bout of cramp and the 20-year-old looks set to return against the Clarets.
Brighton against Burnley kicks off at 5.30pm on Friday 6th November.