Brighton boss Chris Hughton expects Burnley to stay up

Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes Burnley will have enough to stay in the Premier League this season.

After finishing seventh last year to qualify for the Europa League, the Clarets are second from bottom this season with just nine points from 15 matches.

Albion travel to Burnley tomorrow and Hughton expects Sean Dyche's side to get out of danger. He said: "By the standards of last season it has been a difficult season for them as regards results.

"There aren't too many changes. They have a squad that's relatively the same.

"They have a way of playing that's relatively the same and things will kick in for them, I'm very confident of that.

"They've got a very good manager, a way of playing that I think over a season will get them results.

"They've had a difficult start by their standards but I very much expect them to improve, so I don't see them as a team that will go down."

After Brighton finished 15th last season in their debut Premier League campaign, Hughton knows expectations will be higher but said: "I think we've got a fairly realistic group of supporters.

Expectations are higher than last season but I think that's normal.

"Burnley might be different, because they had an incredible season last season.

"Would Burnley supporters expect them to finish seventh or eighth again? I don't know.

"But certainly for teams like ourselves, Huddersfield who stayed up, expectations rise.

"But that is part and parcel of it. You have to live with that. Generally if expectations go up it means you are doing okay."


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