Plenty of Irish interest as Burnley travel to Brighton in Premier League

The pair have both intensified their rivalry in recent days with comments in press conferences

The pair have both intensified their rivalry in recent days with comments in press conferences

On the opposing side, Brighton boss Chris Hughton is a former Ireland worldwide and assistant manager.

As for Burnley, the Clarets have arguably turned themselves into the Premier League's surprise package.

Murray could have ended Brighton's long wait for a win and eased their concerns at the other end of the table but blasted his first-half spot-kick over the bar after going down following a tangle with James Tarkowski. The win was the Clarets second straight and sixth in their last eight games. This year, Dyche's revitalized side have already taken points off Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham when on the road.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche commended his side's hard-fought point against Brighton and Hove Albion despite their inability to capitalise on "golden moments" at the Amex Stadium.

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Fellow defenders Ben Mee and Matt Lowton have recovered from the knee injuries that have kept them up out of the last two games though and, especially the former, will be hoping to start at the Amex. Burnley have been one of the best defensive teams this season, allowing only 12 goals in the first 17 games of the season.

Tom Heaton, Dean Marney, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters aren't available for The Clarets, and now left-back Stephen Ward is a doubt after suffering a first half knee injury in the 1-0 win against Stoke City on Tuesday night.

He signed with Burnley, taking a shortcut to the Premier League, but it has not proved an easy adjustment.

Coming off the back of consecutive 1-0 wins against Stoke and Watford, Burnley will be confident about carrying on top four push. Backing Burnley to carry on their impressive run of form away from home seems like the most logical bet here.

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