Burnley’s desperate run of form continues, but they will go into tomorrow’s home clash against Brighton with renewed hope following a spirited performance against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
The Clarets went down to a 3-1 defeat but their performance was reminiscent of last season’s heroics, as the side played with a level of intensity that has been all-too-lacking for most of this season.
Burnley went 1-0 up against Liverpool and were extremely unfortunate to concede in injury time when they were hit on the counter attack after Alisson saved brilliantly. The keeper appeared to scoop the ball back in play allowing Liverpool to pour forward when Burnley ought to have had another corner.
However, from such injustices resilience is born and most Clarets fans left Turf Moor satisfied with the performance, if a little disappointed with the result.
Tomorrow’s game gives Burnley an opportunity to bounce back as December’s fixtures come thick and fast.
Aside from long-term absentee Nick Pope, the Clarets have a fully fit squad, whilst tomorrow’s visitors Brighton, have Shane Duffy out as he serves the first of a three game ban after being sent off in the win over Palace.
They also have doubts over talismanic striker Glenn Murray, as well as Jose Izquierdo and Bruno. However, former Clarets target Dale Stephens is available again after suspension.
With wins over Huddersfield and Palace, Brighton have quietly moved into the top half of the Premier League and are proving to be very hard to beat. However, despite Burnley’s struggles this season, there was a genuine feeling that Wednesday night marked a turn around in the way the team applies itself and a raucous Turf Moor responded.
If the Clarets can take that level into tomorrow’s game Brighton could be in for a torrid time, whilst we could tentatively say that Burnley’s revival is underway. With that in mind I’m going for a much needed home win and I’m predicting a 2-0 Clarets victory.
Sean Dyche made changes on Wednesday and I think there may be more tomorrow, so I’m hoping for a bold selection as follows:-
Hart; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, Lennon; Barnes, Vokes