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Brighton safe after scoreless duel with Newcastle

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Brighton – Newcastle United recap: Brighton and Hove Albion sealed its Premier League status for another season with a scoreless draw versus Newcastle United at the Amex Stadium on Monday.

The Seagulls wasted chances early and Newcastle late in a chippy penultimate match for both sides.

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Brighton now has 38 points and cannot go down, while Newcastle’s 44 points put them in 13th. They cannot finish any higher, and close their season with a visit from Liverpool.

BRIGHTON – NEWCASTLE UNITED FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Potter gets another go: Graham Potter’s Seagulls were extremely unlucky this season and deserved to be safe a while ago. You’d probably take their side over a club like Newcastle, who overperformed while getting a fair bit of good fortune. Potter now will be tasked with smartly culling the wheat from the chaff and improving Brighton into a solid midtable side. Luck, again, could help!

2. Maupay, Trossard lively but wasteful: Brighton’s best attackers were everywhere in the first half but couldn’t get enough shots on Martin Dubravka, who’s tough-to-beat as it is. This goes back to thing No. 1 — If Brighton delivered on its danger more often, they may well have 10-15 more points this season.

3. Magpies ready to reload: Steve Bruce has done a nice job with a Newcastle United side which has been reading about takeover talk for months. The Magpies need to do some summer shopping, with several loan players featuring and ready to head back. They also could use with healthy center backs, as Federico Fernandez started alongside fullback Emil Krafth in the heart of a defense which had previously been blessed with strength in numbers. Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar joined Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark in missing out on Monday.

Man of the Match

Maupay, we suppose, was the most impactful player but he couldn’t deliver a goal. We’ll spotlight center back Adam Webster, though, who ground out a lot of duels and found plenty of impetus to look forward.


Brighton – Newcastle United recap

An early corner kick nearly yielded results for Brighton when Neal Maupay lashed just wide of the post off an Adam Webster flick. Alas, Maupay was offside.

After a brief spell of possession for Newcastle, Lewis Dunk forced a save out of Martin Dubravka with the turn of a Pascal Gross free kick.

Brighton’s Yves Bissouma was injured but stayed in the game after a collision with Allan Saint-Maximin. Then Gross saw yellow when he flailed his arm to catch Danny Rose in the face.

Maupay then harassed a dawdling Matt Ritchie into a giveaway inside the 18, forcing another save out of Dubravka and a corner that led to nothing.

Dwght Gayle flew in to head a stoppage time corner just over the goal.

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The pesky striker made a mess of a 47th-minute header attempt and shouldered it into the air.

Mat Ryan needed to make a fine save when Miguel Almiron did well to turn Ritchie’s cross into an outside-of-the-boot shot on goal.

Brighton was the better money as the match wore on, Dubravka needed to stop Maupay. The Frenchman remained dangerous along with Leandro Trossard.

Newcastle found its form in the final stages, and Andy Carroll couldn’t head home off a corner.

Liverpool march continues with 3-1 win at Brighton

Brighton - Liverpool recap
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Mohamed Salah had two goals and an assist in the first eight minutes of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Salah is now three goals behind league leader Jamie Vardy, and Liverpool’s 92 points are 23 more than Man City. Jordan Henderson also scored for the Reds.

BRIGHTON – LIVERPOOL FULL MATCH REPLAY

Leandro Trossard scored for Brighton, whose 36 points are nine clear of the bottom three with four matches to play (The 18th and 19th place sides do have a match each in hand).

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Liverpool’s 30 wins through 34 outings is a Premier League record and Jurgen Klopp’s men are chasing several PL records. The Reds finish with Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Newcastle United.


Three things we learned

1. Salah somehow under the radar: Look, the Egyptian star’s 32-goal league season was an outlier. Not a lot of guys consistently hit 25, let alone the 30 mark in the Premier League. But Salah has rather quietly put together another amazing season with 19 goals and nine assists in PL play plus another four and three in cup competitions. Salah is one assist of joining the a small group of players to get double digit league goals and assists in a top five European league this season.

While it’s become sexy to praise Sadio Mane as the Reds’ top winger, Salah has been just as good. He could’ve had another goal in the 53rd but Mat Ryan made a fine intervention at close range. If Salah is under the radar, it’s because Liverpool has spread the wealth this season and had so many heroes in close matches. But boy, oh boy, is he their best weapon.

2. Lamptey shows glimpses, then youth: The sample size is very small, but 19-year-old Chelsea outcast Tariq Lamptey has played well at right back in most of his outings for Brighton since the return from the coronavirus pause. Lamptey was at blame for Liverpool’s third goal in both the chance conceded and actual finish from Salah, but the $4 million January buy looked well worth the price tag in a terrific first half at the Amex.

3. Seagulls still missing final ball: Brighton produced four big chances in the game to Liverpool’s two, but only put one in the back of the net (SofaScore). That’s sadly been par for the course this season, as Brighton’s style has been worthy of a top half place. Brighton entered the day with seven fewer goals than its expected goals total. Only Everton, Watford, and Norwich have been less fortunate.

Man of the Match:

Salah.


Brighton – Liverpool recap

Salah had a goal and an assist within 500 seconds of kickoff.

The Egyptian took a feed from Naby Keita to score off a Davy Propper giveaway and then set up Henderson’s second to have the Seagulls’ heads spinning early.

Brighton found a chance in the 19th but Neco Williams recovered with a slide to block Leandro Trossard from slotting a point-blank goal.

The Seagulls pulled within one just before halftime when in-form youngster Tariq Lamptey swept a cross into the mix for Trossard to punch home.

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Salah could’ve had it 3-1 at one end but Brighton’s Dan Burn asked the Egyptian to hold his drink with a butchered wide-open shot at the back post in the 60th minute.

Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the close score, and brought on Fabinho, Andy Robertson, and Sadio Mane in the second half. One of the players he removed, Naby Keita, had a strong hour before departing the contest.

Henderson almost produced a third Liverpool goal after a rare Lamptey error spring a chance that took a wicked turn off Dale Stephens.

The Reds made it 3-1 off the ensuing corner, Salah’s clinical header in front of Lamptey. Henderson limped off for Liverpool late in the contest.

Ryan denied Salah a hat trick in stoppage time and the Egyptian headed over the bar at the final whistle. He could’ve had five.

Wolves, Seagulls split spoils at the Amex

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Wolves failed in a bid to pull within three points of fourth place, drawing Brighton 2-2 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

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Diogo Jota scored twice in a 4-goal first half, with Neal Maupay and Davy Propper bagging goals for Brighton. The Seagulls remain 12th with 19 points.


Three things we learned

1. Wolves’ blink at Top Four chance: Wolves entered the day with a chance to close to within three points of fourth place Chelsea, and Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men next face Spurs, Norwich City, Man City, and Liverpool. They needed three points here. Not for lack of effort, they couldn’t conjure the magic.

2. Jota calm in the finish: Jota scored his second and third Premier League goals of the season, joining his Europa League success to give him six. He added five assists in the UEL, and is averaging 2.5 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per contest.

 

3. Maupay paying off faith: The French center forward has blossoming into a steady Premier League contributor after his outlandish production in the Championship earned him a big money move to the Amex Stadium. His sixth goal in 16 matches now includes goals against Wolves, Spurs, Everton, and Arsenal.

Man of the Match: Jota.


Brighton had most of the ball for the first half hour, but could’ve solve the Wolves back line.

Jota put Wolves ahead via a clever 1-2 with Raul Jimenez to get behind the line, prodding home for 1-0.

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The lead lasted all of six minutes, as Maupay and Propper struck two minutes apart.

Maupay’s was a fine finish of a long Dale Stephens assist, while Propper headed a Leandro Trossard cross past Rui Patricio in the 36th.

Propper then fell from grace with a miserable pass stolen by Jonny Otto, the wingback finding Jota for his second goal of the night.

Wolves thought VAR might give them a penalty for handball in the 62nd minute, to no avail.

It was Wolves’ turn to give away a huge chance, but Stephens curled the effort wide of the far post in the 72nd minute.