Eddie Howe will be hoping Brian Jensen’s penalty heroics against Plymouth Argyle will help kick-start the Clarets season as we take on Brighton this afternoon.
Burnley v Brighton and Hove Albion
3.00pm – Turf Moor – nPower Championship
Despite winning the opening game of the season, the Clarets have failed to build on the good start, failing to pick up any points in the two games since including last Saturdays disappointing defeat to Huddersfield.
The majority of the squad that started last weekend will be expected to return to the starting XI after Howe chose to rest all but Charlie Austin during Tuesday’s Capital One victory over Plymouth.
New loan signing Cameron Stewart is available for today’s game and may start on the bench.
Brian Stock’s impressive midweek performance could earn the former Doncaster man his first start of the season, while Brian Jensen may have done enough to replace Lee Grant in goal.
Martin Paterson will face a late check in his bid to return from a hamstring tear, while Danny Ings remains a long-term absentee.
Since Brighton’s 5-1 victory over Barnsley last weekend, the Seagulls have lost the services of Craig Noone to Cardiff, but new signing Andrea Orlandi will go straight into the squad to fill the void.
New signing Stephen Dobbie wasn’t signed in time to play in today’s game, so Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith will lead the attack.
Gus Poyet has confirmed Will Buckley will be available for the trip after recovering from recent injury, although the chances of fellow midfielder Vicente playing are rated as 50/50.
Striker Will Hoskins will definitely miss out as he still tries to recover from a fractured foot.
The manager: Gus Poyet
A stylish midfielder during his playing days, Poyet has since imposed his free-flowing philosophy of football on to the Seagulls with huge success during his two years in charge. After learning his trade as a number two under various managers, Poyet has since gone on to flourish as the main man and become one of the games most sought after managers. After suffering for years at the – politely put inadequate – Withdean Stadium, the fans have since been treated to a brand new stadium at Falmer and a team who won the League One title at a canter in 2011. With Poyet’s name constantly linked with higher division teams when a vacancy comes up, Brighton will be hoping to progress this year in order to match the Uruguayan’s lofty aspirations.
The Seagulls were the victims of a Capital One demolition job at the hands of our next round opponents Swindon Town in their first competitive game of the season. The disastrous 3-0 defeat was then followed up by an opening day league loss to Hull at the KC Stadium. A scoreless draw with Cardiff followed as Brighton struggled to find their usually reliant scoring boots. However, last Saturday it all came together in their first home game of the season as they demolished Barnsley 5-1 at the Amex Stadium with Mackail-Smith grabbing a brace.
The diminutive winger was seen as a real coup for Brighton when they managed to secure his services last year and so far he has lived up to the hype. The winger only managed three goals in an injury disrupted season, but it was Vicente’s uncanny ability to lay on chances for his team mates which helped the south coast club to a top ten finish. Always aesthetically pleasing on the eye, the Spaniard made his name with hometown club Valencia where he spent over ten years appearing in numerous successful Champions League campaigns. Capped 38 times for his country, Burnley will have to be on their toes to counter the playmaker’s vast amounts of experience and technical ability should he shrug off a recent injury.
Just For Fun
Fatboy Slim – aka Norman Cook – should need no introduction to the music fans of No Nay Never. The iconic electronic/dance DJ is a huge Brighton fan and even fulfilled a lifelong dream by performing one of his live shows at the Amex during the summer.