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Brighton secures spot in Europe with win over Southampton

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Pascal Gross drills into the bottom corner to reestablish Brighton's multi-goal advantage against Southampton.

Brighton and Hove Albion got back to winning ways and firmed up its top-six stock with a 3-1 win over Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Pascal Gross became the Seagulls’ all-time leading Premier League goal scorer after the side got a brace from Evan Ferguson in the win, which boosts Brighton to 61 points.

WATCH BRIGHTON vs SOUTHAMPTON FULL MATCH REPLAY - STREAM

Brighton has three more point than seventh-place Villa and has a match-in-hand on the Villans. Tottenham can no longer catch the Seagulls.

Southampton got a goal from Mohammed Elyounoussi to make it 2-1 and briefly had it 2-2 before VAR spotted Theo Walcott as just offside. Saints will finish the season in 20th place.

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Brighton going to Europe

There it is: Roberto De Zerbi’s men are finishing in the top six unless they don’t field a goalkeeper or something equally strange over the final two matches of the season.

Brighton’s full-team contribution was again on display Sunday, even accounting for the opposition.

Evan Ferguson, 18, added to his impressive rookie display with his fifth and sixth goals of the season, and there were no passengers at the Amex.

Brighton in Europe. Wow. Well-earned.


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What’s next?

Brighton hosts Man City on Wednesday before going to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Southampton finishes its Premier League tenure with a Sunday visit from Liverpool.


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How to watch Brighton vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 9am ET, SundayTV Channel: PeacockOnline: Stream via Peacock Premium


Key storylines & star players

Brighton has beaten Manchester United and Arsenal since the start of May but also been blown out by Everton and Newcastle. Can Lewis Dunk and Co. rally? With Alexis Mac Allister given a slight rest at midweek, perhaps he’s being saved for just this occasion.

Romeo Lavia has been a bright spot for most of Saints’ season, but the eyes will be on Southampton’s veterans and how they react to the confirmation of their crushing relegation.


Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Robert Sanchez (personal), Tariq Lamptey (knee), Jeremy Sarmiento (ankle), Jakub Moder (other), Adam Webster (muscular), Adam Lallana (thigh), Solly March (thigh)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Mohamed Salisu (pelvis), Che Adams (other), Juan Larios (hamstring), Armel Bella-Kotchap (thigh), Romain Perraud (ankle)

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