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Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck could not find a way through on his first start for Brighton

Brighton and Burnley played out a goalless draw which will do little to quell either side’s worrying Premier League form.

The Clarets, having their worst ever start to a top-flight season, are on two points from seven games, while the Seagulls have not won in six league games.

Burnley’s best chance was accidental as Matt Lowton’s deep cross flew over Mat Ryan but hit the crossbar.

Brighton dominated as they often do but could not beat Nick Pope in Burnley’s goal. Pope did well to deny Danny Welbeck on his first start for Brighton.

This was a game that will have not been watched by many – behind closed doors and on pay-per-view – and that is probably for the best.

Different styles, same disappointing result

This was always going to be a game of contrasting approaches – Graham Potter’s ball-playing Brighton against Sean Dyche’s pragmatic Burnley, and so it proved.

This is Burnley’s joint-worst start to a league season, along with 1977-78 when they were in the second tier. The last time they failed to win their opening seven games, back in 2014-15, they were relegated.

The big positive was the return of captain Ben Mee for his first appearance of the season following a thigh injury.

But there was little to cheer on the pitch, with Chris Wood heading the ball at Ryan in their only shot on target and Robbie Brady putting a bicycle kick wide.

You always know what you will get with Brighton – they passed 100 Premier League shots for the season in this game. Only Liverpool have had more. They rank sixth in the league for possession too.

But they nearly always fail to take their chances.

Tariq Lamptey had an opportunity to put them ahead after 60 seconds but fired over from Welbeck’s lay-off.

Welbeck was sent into the box by Neal Maupay – back after being left out last weekend for disciplinary reasons – but his shot was saved by Pope.

They ended with 19 shots, but nine of them were blocked. Adam Webster headed over and Maupay hit the target, but it felt as if both teams could be there all day and not score.

The two 0-0 kings – match stats

  • Brighton had 19 shots – the most by any side without managing to score in any Premier League match this season so far.
  • Burnley’s tally of two points is their joint-lowest after their first seven league games of a season in their history (D2 L5), along with 1977-78 in the second tier (assuming three points for a win all-time).
  • Since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, Brighton have played out more goalless draws in the competition than any other side (12), while Burnley are also second for most top-flight 0-0s in this time (11).
  • Brighton have picked up six points in their eight Premier League games this season (W1 D3 L4), their lowest tally after their first eight matches of a league campaign since 2002-03 (four points), when they were eventually relegated from the second tier.
  • Burnley have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since May 2015 (six in a row).
  • Brighton had 12 shots in the first half against Burnley, the most the Seagulls have ever attempted in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game.

What’s next?

It is the international break now – with both sides back in action on Saturday, 21 November at 15:00 GMT. Burnley host Crystal Palace and Brighton visit Aston Villa.

Player of the match

LampteyTariq Lamptey

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  2. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  3. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  4. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  5. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

  6. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  7. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  8. Squad number1Player nameRyan

  9. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  10. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  11. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

  12. Squad number7Player nameConnolly

  13. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number6Player nameMee

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  5. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  6. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  7. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  8. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  9. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  10. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  12. Squad number9Player nameWood

  13. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Lamptey
  • 34VeltmanSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 83′minutes
  • 3White
  • 4Webster
  • 33Burn
  • 13Groß
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 87mins
  • 14Lallana
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forConnollyat 86′minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 7Connolly
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 24Pröpper
  • 30Bernardo

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 12Brady
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forVydraat 83′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
  • 33Thompson
  • 34Dunne

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