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Brighton romp to club-record win in push for Europe

29 Apr 2023
Undav, Brighton

Seagulls hit Wolves for six, while Nott'm Forest suffer late heartbreak and Palace beat West Ham

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Brighton & Hove Albion romped to their biggest ever Premier League win, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0 despite resting key players as they continued their push for European qualification.

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Roberto De Zerbi named Alexis Mac Allister, Kaoru Mitoma and Moises Caicedo on the bench but still oversaw a sensational victory as Deniz Undav, Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck each scored twice.

Undav registered his first Premier League goal after only six minutes, tapping in at close range, and Gross then netted twice, with his second strike a sensational volley from outside the box in the 26th minute.

Welbeck added a fourth before the break, heading in from Pervis Estupinan’s cross, as Brighton scored four goals in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time.

See: Which teams can qualify for Europe?

Wolves' head coach Julen Lopetegui made three half-time changes but Welbeck struck again within three minutes of the restart.

Undav then wrapped up the scoring with a wonderful chip over Jose Sa that kissed the bottom of the crossbar on its way into the net.

While Brighton remain eighth, they are now within two points of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with two matches in hand. Wolves stay 13th on 37 points, eight points above the relegation zone.

The race for Europe

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
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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Late heartbreak for Forest

There was late heartbreak for Nottingham Forest as they missed a big chance to move four points clear of the relegation zone, leading 1-0 after 80 minutes at Brentford before conceding twice.

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Forest took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Danilo scored for a second successive match, reacting first to a loose ball and finishing from close range.

However, their lead evaporated when Ivan Toney scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season from an 82nd-minute free-kick.

And even a precious point slipped through Forest's fingers in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Josh Dasilva beat Keylor Navas at his near post.

Forest, who have won just one of their 17 away matches, stay 17th and will drop into the relegation zone on Monday night when Leicester City face Everton, with at least one of those sides guaranteed to pick up points.

Brentford stay ninth but move on to 50 points.

The bottom half

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
11 Crystal Palace CRY 38 -9 45
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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Palace climb above Chelsea

Crystal Palace beat West Ham United in a seven-goal thriller, with the Eagles all but securing their Premier League status while leaving the Hammers with work to do in the bottom six.

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In a breathless first half, the first three shots all found the net, while five goals were scored in the space of just 27 minutes.

Tomas Soucek gave West Ham a ninth-minute lead from a corner, but Palace hit back through Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha on his return from injury, and Jeffrey Schlupp, who made it 3-1 in the 30th minute.

West Ham then produced a response of their own five minutes later as Michail Antonio headed in from another corner.

In the second half, Eberechi Eze put Palace 4-2 up as he won and converted a penalty for his fourth goal in five matches.

Six minutes later, West Ham struck from a corner for the third time in the match as Nayef Aguerd headed in, but there was no late equaliser.

Palace’s fourth win in six matches under Roy Hodgson takes them up to 11th with 40 points, above Chelsea and 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

West Ham stay 15th with 34 points, five points above the bottom three. They face Manchester City and Manchester United in their next two fixtures.

Bumper Sunday in store

Five matches will take place on Sunday with big permutations across the league.

Manchester City can go top of the table by beating Fulham in one of four 14:00 BST kick-offs. 

AFC Bournemouth host Leeds United in a huge relegation duel, while Manchester United welcome Aston Villa in a top-six showdown.

Newcastle United host Southampton, while Liverpool take on Spurs in the top-four fight.

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