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Bright Brighton finishes season with win over Burnley

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Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly scored to send Brighton forward with good vibes and a rare bit of good fortune in a 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Brighton couldn’t catch a break despite some good football for much of the season but got proper VAR help on a would-be Burnley equalizer.

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Graham Potter’s men finish 15th with 41 points, seven points clear of the bottom three.

Burnley’s admirable season ends short of their goals but with 54 points and 10th place despite Sean Dyche having admin-inflicted personnel problems during Project Restart.

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Bissouma was quick to adapt in scoring the stunner that started the show, a corner routine bungled by his goals but a clearance poorly handled by Burnley.

If we write “Erik Pieters assisted Wood’s equalizer,” you’ll know what it looked like without needing the video.

Level at the break, Connolly had the Seagulls in front with a fine dribble and finish from an acute angle that withstood VAR review after some ball work on the touch line.

The Clarets made it 2-2 through a Rodriguez header that was taken off the board by VAR due to a pretty easy offside.

Surging Burnley beat nine-man Norwich

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Norwich – Burnley was a game full of red cards, fine finishes and the win for the Clarets kept alive their Europa League hopes, while the already-relegated Canaries were their own worst enemies at Carrow Road.

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Norwich had Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic both sent off in the first half and to compound the misery for Daniel Farke’s side, Chris Wood scored an overhead kick in first half stoppage time.

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A Ben Godfrey own goal summed up Norwich’s day as Burnley sealed a top 10 spot and the Clarets are just two points off sixth-place Wolves. As for Norwich, they’ve lost all eight of their games since the restart and have just 21 points on the board.


Three things we learned

1. VAR gets red cards spot on: Buendia and Drmic were both sent off and for the first, Kevin Friend used VAR correctly. The referee was alerted to an elbow by Buendia on Ashley Westwood’s head and he then used the pitch-side monitor and quickly sent off the Argentine playmaker. Referees should use the monitor more in the Premier League and this was the perfect example of it working smoothly. As for Drmic’s red card, VAR had a quick check of Friend’s decision but his lunging tackle was out of control and Norwich’s frustration was vented in the wrong way.

2. Burnley’s European dream alive: What a second half to the season Burnley is having. One defeat from 13 games has seen them seal a top 10 finish and they are well in the Europa League hunt. They host Brighton on the final day and Sean Dyche’s banged up and battered side could easily win that. If they managed to qualify for Europe given their financial limitations and injury list, it will be one of the best achievements of the season. Wolves and Sheffield United have stolen the headlines but Burnley have brilliantly flown under the radar.

3. Canaries extreme hangover continues: The last few weeks have been damaging for Farke and Norwich. The manner in which they are playing doesn’t bode well for next season as he will have just a few weeks to pick the team up before the 2020-21 Championship season begins. Norwich never really had a chance with less than $2 million spent on new players and Farke was always honest, saying they need a miracle to stay up. A hangover of negativity has seen them lose all eight games of the restart and after the first loss in the first week, every single player seemed to believe they were already down. Players will leave this summer as Norwich’s financial model needs that to happen, but how do you replace this feeling of extreme negativity?

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Norwich started brightly and came out of the traps brightly, as they had several corners and one of those led to a great chance. Ben Godfrey had a header which was saved at point-blank range, then Alex Tettey’s rebound was deflected inches wide as the hosts looked dangerous.

Jay Rodriguez was sharp at the other end for Burnley as he and Chris Wood started to link up as they approached the half time whistle. Referee Kevin Friend then took a look at the pitch side monitor after Emiliano Buendia hit Ashley Westwood in the head with his elbow, and the referee used VAR to issue Buendia a red card as Norwich were down to 10 men.

Burnley went close before the break but Rodriguez and Wood were denied as the Clarets were buoyed by their one-man advantage. Dwight McNeil’s deflected free kick was then saved superbly my Tim Krul but moments later Norwich were reduced to nine men. Drmic’s lunging tackle on Erik Pieters saw him get a straight red card and moments later they were 1-0 down as Wood acrobatic flicked home.

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In the second half it was all Burnley, as expected, with Krul denying Pieters and the Norwich goalkeeper was extremely busy.

Wood then whiffed on a volley after a lovely ball over the top from Westwood as Burnley clicked through the gears but Norwich stood firm but didn’t provide any threat in attack.

Pieters had a shot blocked as it looped just over, then Pieters sent in a harmless cross which Godfrey inexplicably put into his own net to make it 2-0. Soon after Pope denied Onel Hernandez as Norwich launch a rare attack but Burnley ease to victory to keep their Europa League dreams alive.

Norwich City – Burnley: Stream, how to watch

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Norwich City – Burnley is the lone Premier League game on Saturday (start time, 12:30pm ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) as the Canaries are playing for pride and the Clarets still in with a shout of Europe.

Daniel Farke and Norwich have lost all seven of their Premier League games since the restart and were relegated last weekend. Sean Dyche’s Burnley keep on grinding away and have lost just one of their seven games since the restart and have picked up impressive draws against Liverpool and Wolves in their last two games. If they win their final two games and others above them drop points, Burnley can qualify for the Europa League.

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Below is everything you need to know about Norwich – Burnley.


Team news: Norwich City – Burnley

Norwich make one change from the team which lost 1-0 at Chelsea, as Emiliano Buendia comes into the starting lineup for Rupp.

Burnley make one change too, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson replacing the injured Charlie Taylor.


Odds and ends (full matchweek odds)

The hosts Norwich are unsurprisingly the underdogs here (+225) while Burnley (+125) are a pretty good bet for this one. The tie at +235 is decent too, as Norwich are still playing for pride and Burnley have a lot of injuries to deal with and their small squad has had a very quick turnaround.


Prediction

I would probably say Burnley will edge, 1-0 or 2-1, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Norwich do grab a point. They were more organized at Chelsea but scoring goals has become a huge issue for Farke’s side since Teemu Pukki stopped scoring in the fall. I am going to go for a 2-1 win for Burnley with Jay Rodriguez being the main man for the Clarets once again.

Late drama hits Wolves’ top four hopes

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Burnley – Wolves wasn’t a thriller at Turf Moor but it came to life late on Raul Jimenez scored a beauty for Wolves, but Burnley equalized in stoppage time via a Chris Wood penalty kick.

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In a tight, tense clash chances were few and far between but Wolves always looked more dangerous and Jimenez’s fine volley put them ahead. But Wood then hammered a spot kick in stoppage time to put a huge dent in Wolves’ Champions League hopes.

With the draw Wolves have 56 points and face Crystal Palace and Chelsea in their final two games. Burnley are now focused on a top 10 finish as they play Norwich and Brighton.


Three things we learned

1. Wolves switch focus to Europa League glory: Wolves’ Champions League hopes are still alive, but just via Europa League. Nuno Espirito Santo’s face Olympiacos in the Europa League Round of 16 second leg when the tournament resumes in August and are one of the favorites to win it all. There UCL dreams are now all but over in the league after the late drama at Burnley. If they beat Chelsea on the final day, they could have a chance considering how poorly Leicester City is playing but Wolves’ Champions League dream seems to be now only in the Europa League.

3. Battling Burnley can be proud: Sean Dyche’s side had lost just one of their last 13 games in the Premier League and that was at Man City. Burnley have been ravaged by injuries and battled hard against Wolves, yet didn’t have a cutting edge until the very end. They never, ever give up and ground out a point. A fine second half of the season for the Clarets, as a top 10 finish would be a great achievement.

3. Jimenez on fire: The Mexican striker has scored four times since the restart and this was the best of the bunch. He leads Wolves’ line superbly, always provides a threat. Yes, Wolves are a well-oiled machine but Jimenez is the man who makes it all come together where it counts at the top end of the pitch. No wonder teams across Europe are lining up to try and sign him.

Man of the Match

Raul Jimenez – The main moment of quality to win the game and he was denied by Nick Pope and fired over too. He’s scored 26 goals in all competitions this season and he has taken his game to a whole new level.


Wolves took the game to Burnley on as Adama Traore caused plenty of problems down the right.

Traore crossed for Jimenez (we’ve heard this before) but his header was well saved by Nick Pope, then Romain Saiss nodded over from the resulting corner as Burnley were under severe pressure.

Traore sent in his next cross to the back post and that forced Pope to claw it away. Daniel Podence set up Diogo Jota just before the break and his shot was just wide as Wolves did all the pressing, as Jay Rodriguez had Burnley’s only half chance of the first half but Conor Coady defended well.

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Traore continued to be a threat as he hammered a shot just past the far post with Jimenez lurking as Wolves pushed hard for the opener.

Jimenez then wriggled free of the Burnley defense but he hammered his shot over as Mexico’s star striker clicked through the gears.

Burnley had a few attacks as Josh Brownhill was denied after running through, while Erik Pieters couldn’t find a teammate after a dangerous run.

Jota then set up Podence but his shot was off target after a rare defensive error from Burnley. Then Wolves’ goal arrived.

Traore surged forward and found Doherty who had a shot blocked and the ball looped up towards Jimenez who lashed home a wonderful volley.

It was a goal worth of winning any game, but it didn’t. Chris Wood somehow missed a header from five yards out, in front of an open goal, but moments later he grabbed a point for Burnley.

Doherty handballed in the 95th minute and Wood smashed home to all but end Wolves’ Champions League hopes.

Premier League on Peacock: Man City-Bournemouth headlines 1pm ET games

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Manchester City – Bournemouth headlines the Premier League games on Peacock today, as NBCUniversal’s new streaming service is here and plenty of fixtures will be aired on the free service during the national launch.

Premier League action on Wednesday, July 15 will be free to all fans with our studio shows, games and analysis being aired commercial free. How about that!?

The marquee game on July 15 is Arsenal hosting Liverpool (start time, 3:15pm ET) and we will be on air from 12-6pm ET with four games, reaction, analysis and much more.

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But first, Manchester City – Bournemouth, Newcastle – Tottenham and Burnley – Wolves take center stage as Bournemouth need a shock win to boost their survival hopes, while Tottenham, Wolves and Burnley are all scrapping for Europa League spots.

This will be a lot of fun and you can watch all of the games in one place.

The new streaming service will give you access to all of NBC’s properties, show and live events with the Premier League action one of the key parts of the new streaming platform. Peacock is available three ways: Peacock offers an ad-supported free tier and an ad-supported premium tier for $4.99/month, serving no more than five minutes of advertising per hour. An ad-free version of the premium tier is also available for $9.99/month.

Premium has more than 20,000 hours of content; free has about 13,000 hours. All versions of Peacock will stream in 4K/HDR. For more on Peacock, click here,

Here are the Premier League Peacock games this week as we give you a taste of what is to come for the Premier League.


Premier League on Peacock schedule

Wednesday, July 15: Burnley v. Wolves, 1 p.m. ET – STREAM
Wednesday, July 15: Man City v. Bournemouth, 1 p.m. ET – STREAM
Wednesday, July 15: Newcastle v. Tottenham, 1 p.m. ET – STREAM

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