Brighton improved their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with a vital 2-1 decide in opposition to Southampton, whereas Tottenham can bolster their top four tell on the expense of north London competitors Arsenal later on Sunday.
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk (factual) celebrates scoring in opposition to Southampton. Photo/ YAHOO
Graham Potter’s side moved three components sure of third bottom Fulham with a sport in hand after a frenetic south-cruise derby at St Mary’s.
It turn out to be as soon as Brighton’s first decide in eight games in all competitions since they beat Tottenham in January.
The Seagulls are one level above fourth-bottom Newcastle, who dawdle to Brighton for a mandatory conflict in the relegation battle next weekend.
Brighton took the lead through Lewis Dunk in the 16th minute.
Fraser Forster made a sparkling build to preserve out Neal Maupay’s shot but Dunk’s towering header from the ensuing nook flashed past the Saints keeper.
Southampton drew stage in the 27th minute when Dunk would possibly perchance well handiest support Ryan Bertrand’s header into the shuffle of Che Adams, who volleyed home on the far post.
Nonetheless Brighton went support in entrance in the 56th minute as Leandro Trossard produced a sparkling cease from Danny Welbeck’s lay-off.
In a while Sunday, Tottenham, unbeaten in the last 5 north London derbies relationship support to 2018, will aim to affect it three successive victories in opposition to Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho’s side hold won their last 5 games in all competitions and would possibly perchance well shut to internal three components of fourth-placed Chelsea with a sport in hand if they decide on the Emirates stadium.
West Ham are moreover in the jog to qualify for the Champions League by job of a top four cease.
David Moyes’ side can switch stage on components with Chelsea with a sport in hand if they beat second-placed Manchester United at Mature Trafford on Sunday.
The Hammers hold won eight of their last 11 league suits, whereas United — 17 components in the support of runaway leaders Manchester Metropolis, need the components to cement their very like top four ambitions.
Former United boss Moyes, sacked by the Mature Trafford outfit in 2014 after much less than a season accountable, shall be returning to his used club for the second time this term following their FA Cup defeat last month.
In the day’s other match, bottom of the desk Sheffield United head to third-placed Leicester for his or her first match following Chris Wilder’s departure on Saturday evening.
Wilder, who led the Blades from League One to the Premier League, left by mutual consent after various days of hypothesis about his future.
United, now managed by intervening time boss Paul Heckingbottom, peep destined for relegation after failing to affect on last season’s spectacular first campaign support in the cease-flight.