Kick-off: 1500, 14/08/2021
Stadium: Turf Moor
Burnley and Brighton occupied the two places above the relegation zone last season and will be keen to get off to a fast start when they meet at Turf Moor on the opening weekend.
The Clarets only picked up two points from their first seven matches last season but recovered to finish just two points below 16th-placed Brighton.
There looks little to choose between them so we’re backing a draw at 2/1 as our opening Burnley vs Brighton prediction.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley’s slow start last season left them in danger of relegation but the poor form of the bottom three meant their final haul of 39 points was easily enough for survival.
That is not always the case, though, and boss Sean Dyche will be keen to make a winning start before a tough run of fixtures against Liverpool, Leeds, Everton, Arsenal and Leicester.
Burnley are, as usual, one of the teams tipped to struggle if any of the promoted clubs can do enough to stay up and they are 5/2 in the Premier League relegation odds.
They ended last season in poor form, losing their last three matches by an aggregate score of 8-0, as well as losing seven of their last nine games.
Dyche is the longest-serving manager in the Premier League so Burnley will hope that stability proves important but only relegated duo Fulham and Sheffield United scored fewer goals last season.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton were the draw specialists of the Premier League last season after sharing the points in 14 matches.
Two of those were against Burnley as a goalless stalemate at Brighton in November was followed by a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in February, when Lewis Dunk’s 36th-minute opener for the Seagulls was cancelled out by Johann Berg Gudmundsson early in the second half.
Five of the eight meetings since Brighton were promoted to the Premier League have been drawn, as had the three before that, which backs up our view that these are two well-matched teams.
With nothing to suggest either club is set for a major change in fortunes, we’re backing the scores to be level at both half-time and full-time at 31/10 as our final Burnley vs Brighton prediction.
Sheff Utd 1-0 BURNLEY
Arsenal 2-0 BRIGHTON
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-2 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Burnley, Brighton 1-3 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Brighton
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