After starting the new campaign confidently and adjusting well to the demands of the league, Brighton now find themselves languishing in 13th, just three points above the bottom three.
It is not just their form that will worry manager Chris Hughton, but the lack of an attacking edge as they have struggled to score in recent weeks.
Sean Dyche's Burnley have been a revelation this season and have surprised many with their performance and results. He will be eager for his team to maintain their momentum as they head into the hectic festive period.
The Clarets have refined their playing style from previous seasons, combining the long ball with some tidy football, and they have got the rewards for their efforts, positioned sixth in the league and level on points with fourth placed Tottenham.
Burnley 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion (September 2012)
It was a quiet opening to the game with the only moment of drama in the opening 15 minutes was when Kieran Tripper went down with a nasty looking injury.
The England Under-21 international was fine to carry on, though, and he watched his side fall behind as the visitors opened the scoring with the first telling shot on goal in the 18th minute.
The Clarets though were not to be denied and they levelled on the hour when the visitors could not deal with a vicious Junior Stanislas cross as it skimmed off Gordon Greer's head and into the corner.
The Burnley keeper was helpless with the striker's next effort, though, as he found the corner with an outstanding overhead kick in the 77th minute.
Brighton's midfield can expect a testing afternoon on Saturday. Both Dale Stephens and Davy Propper will need to be top of their games but remain disciplined against Jack Cork and Steven Defour.
Burnley have a terrific combination of creative flair and industry in their midfield and when they are playing well they provide the ammunition for their forwards to capitalise.
If Stephens and Propper can match their work rate and stop the supply at the source, Brighton could have a chance of turning a possible draw into a valuable win.
The New Zealand international has shown good hold up play, thrives in physical battles and knows where the goal is, having scored four goals in his thirteen appearances since his move.
Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk will be well aware of Wood, having played against him in the Championship before, and both will appreciate the strengths of his all-round game and the danger that he brings when on form.
Nevertheless, the central defensive partnership for Brighton has been highly successful this season and they will relish the challenge that Wood's game will pose. They will look to dominate him to keep his influence minimal.
Chris Hughton likes his teams to be defensively sound and work hard as a collective unit. He admitted against Spurs that he had been rotating his squad to freshen things up and manage his players.
Therefore, expect a couple of changes to the starting XI as this game is an opportunity to earn some precious points to climb up the table.
Club captain Bruno should start at left-back in place of Ezequiel Schelotto and Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray could also start up front to give Brighton more of a cutting edge in attack which they desperately lacked against Tottenham.
For Burnley, the formation will remain the same with their now familiar 4-4-1-1, Sean Dyche is unlikely to change a winning side.
Scott Arfield will continue in place of Robbie Brady, who remains out for the foreseeable future with a serious knee problem.
Brighton's Potential Lineup: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Kayal, Gross, Murray.
Burnley's Potential Lineup:
Although Burnley are superseding all expectations, expect both sides to be vigilant in their approach in a tight contest. The sides are evenly matched regardless of the contrasting league positions and will cancel out each other's threats resulting in a hard fought draw.
Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Burnley