Mark Lawrenson makes this worrying scoreline prediction for Brighton at Burnley

Former Brighton and Hove Albion defender Mark Lawrenson anticipates a tough afternoon for Graham Potter's men in the final match of the Premier League season

Friday, 24th July 2020, 2:09 pm
Brighton drew 1-1 with Burnley at the Amex Stadium earlier this season

Brighton secured their top flight status with a 0-0 draw against Newcastle last Monday. It saves Albion a nerve jangling final day but Potter's men are still keen to end their campaign on a high at Turf Moor.

Brighton can potentially finish 15th, above West Ham, if they record a better result than the Hammers, who welcome relegation-threatened Aston Villa to the London Stadium.

The two teams shared the spoils when they met last September at the Amex Stadium. Jeff Hendrick netted a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Burnley a point after Neal Maupay's volley opened the scoring.

"The way Burnley have finished the season has been fantastic, with four wins and three draws in their past seven games to guarantee a top-half placing," said Lawro in his weekly BBC predictions column.

"Sean Dyche's players could have been thinking about their holidays for a few weeks now, but instead they have been picking up result after result. It's very impressive.

"Burnley are ninth at the moment and could finish eighth if they get a better result than Sheffield United this weekend.

"That extra place might earn them a bucketful of money in bonuses but, whether they have a cash incentive or not, they are playing very well and I'd expect them to carry this form on right to the end of the campaign.

"Brighton have stayed up, which was their main objective. They have done well since the restart too, despite some difficult fixtures, and they have got the makings of a decent side.

"A couple of clever signings before next season and they might be looking a bit higher than the bottom six.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

This week Lawro is up against singer and Newcastle fan James Bay. James' prediction: 2-0