Brighton have pulled off a massive shock by outclassing Southampton at St Mary’s. A goal from Alexis Sanchez and another from Ryan Babel saw the Seagulls beat the Saints 2-0 on Saturday. They are the first team to pull off such a feat since Manchester City thumped Tottenham in 2006.
Brighton vs Southampton: Full match highlights
For Brighton, it was a much better start than they had in their previous three matches. Adam Lallana scored the opener with a well taken header after a good cross from Solly March. Then the Brighton faithful were treated to a very impressive display of football.
However, that was not enough to take the lead against Southampton. Instead, the Saints’ best player this season, Romeo Lavia, was sidelined due to injury. They were also without Adam Webster, who was ruled out with an ankle injury.
While the Saints were making good progress, Brighton were doing their best to keep them from advancing. In the end, the visitors enjoyed a 3-2 win.
Although, Brighton’s victory is a step in the right direction in their fight for survival, there is still a lot to be desired. Still, they have to be proud of their performance on the road. Their goalkeeping was good, they took control of the game at both ends of the pitch and the quality of their midfield was superb.
Southampton are 20th in the table with 12 points after 16 matches. That’s five less than they managed last season, but they’re fighting to climb the table.
Despite the defeat, Southampton remain in the relegation zone. But, they’re a better side than they were this time last season.
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Brighton vs Southampton: Head-to-head statistics
Brighton vs Southampton is a Premier League match. It’s a big match between two teams fighting for relegation. The hosts won twice at the Amex Stadium last season, while the visitors drew once.
During the course of the league season, these two sides have met 18 times. In the past, they have drawn six and lost eight. This game is scheduled for Boxing Day.
It’s also an important match for Southampton, who are looking for a top-spot in the table. Their opponents are in good form, as they’ve beaten Wolves in their last game. That’s only the second time Brighton have managed to pick up a point at home.
Brighton & Hove Albion have won four games and drew one this season. They’ve scored 26 goals and missed 20.
On the other hand, Southampton have won only seven times and drawn twice. They’ve accumulated 88 points so far and sit on the dregs of the table.
However, their form away from home has been much better than their home record, as they’ve managed 1.6 goals per game. That’s a pretty impressive statistic, given that they’ve played 661 away matches in the Premier League.
Nevertheless, a win over the Seagulls would be a welcome sight. They’ve not lost to Brighton at the Amex Stadium in five trips.
Brighton vs Southampton: Teams in red
The teams in red at Brighton vs Southampton will meet on Tuesday, August 28. This is the first time the Seagulls have hosted their fellow Premier League rivals at their home, the AMEX Stadium. It’s a meeting of two sides that met on the opening day of the season, when they drew 0-0.
Southampton have won just one of their last five games. They haven’t won a league game at St Mary’s since December 2020. Despite their poor record at the South Coast, the Seagulls have been more clinical than in previous seasons.
Southampton will be without a number of players who were at the World Cup. Tino Livramento and Adam Webster are both out, while Juan Larios is injured. Also missing is Alexis Mac Allister.
Brighton had the best of the first half. Adam Lallana opened the scoring after the 14th minute with a header from a cross by Solly March. After the break, James Ward-Prowse pulled a goal back from a trademark free kick.
In the second half, Samuel Edozie twice threatened, but was unable to break the deadlock. Pervis Estupinan then saw a cross bundled into his own goal by Romain Perraud.
Brighton were the better side in the second half. James Ward-Prowse also had an opportunity to score from a free kick after Edozie had been fouled by Pascal Gross.
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