Brighton and Brentford win to boost European hopes

15 Mar 2023

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Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford continued their push for Europe by beating teams battling relegation, overcoming Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively.

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Palace started strongly against their arch-rivals and had the better early chances, but it was Brighton who took the lead on 15 minutes.

A perfectly weighted pass from Kaoru Mitoma found the run of Solly March, who fired low into the bottom corner past Palace's 19-year-old debutant goalkeeper Joe Whitworth.

Whitworth, standing in for the injured Vicente Guaita, denied Pervis Estupinan and Alexis Mac Allister in the second half, and Naouirou Ahamada missed a big chance to equalise in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Brighton climb to seventh with 42 points, staying just ahead of Brentford and moving six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with two matches in hand.

Palace are winless in 11 Premier League matches and goalless in four, staying just three points above the relegation zone. 

The fight for fourth spot

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
4 Newcastle United NEW 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool LIV 38 +28 67
6 Brighton & Hove Albion BHA 38 +19 62
7 Aston Villa AVL 38 +5 61
8 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 38 +7 60
9 Brentford BRE 38 +12 59
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Goals from Ivan Toney and Yoane Wissa returned Brentford to winning ways as they earned a 2-0 victory at Southampton.

After their 12-match unbeaten run was ended at Everton on Saturday, the Bees made the breakthrough at St Mary's Stadium just past the half-hour mark.

Christian Norgaard's clever flick from a corner fell to Toney, who netted from close range for his 16th Premier League goal of the season.

Thomas Frank's side would have to wait until the seventh minute of stoppage time to double their lead, as Toney's flicked header found Wissa, who ran clean through and finished calmly.

Southampton remain bottom on 22 points but are only five points behind 12th-placed Palace in a fiercely contested relegation fight.

The relegation fight

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
12 Chelsea CHE 38 -9 44
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 38 -27 41
14 West Ham United WHU 38 -13 40
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
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