Brought to you by

Key Events

D. Nlundulu
S. Armstrong
J. Moder
L. Trossard
L. Trossard
D. Welbeck
1 - 2
C. Adams
1 - 1
L. Dunk
P. Groß
0 - 1

Match Stats

59% 40%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 6
Total Passes 492 330
  • Heatmap
  • Touch Map


UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League


Indeed, next time out, both sides have their final games before the spring international break, in which several of their stars are likely to be on duty. For Southampton, that FA Cup clash with the Cherries looms next weekend - and as for Brighton? Well, they've got Newcastle, in a match that just became the proverbial million-dollar clash. Until then, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
But what about Ralph Hasenhuttl? 2021 has just not been his year, and it has only got tougher today. There's an FA Cup quarter-final on the horizon against another south coast neighbour in Bournemouth, but you'd be forgiven for wondering if Saints would be happy to just let that one go so they can focus on securing survival for next season.
Graham Potter, take a bow. His side have come out on top in a taut, often thrilling encounter on the shores of the English Channel and their reward is that they leapfrog Newcastle into 16th. They're four points behind Southampton and Burnley now - both of whom they also have a game in hand over. It's getting close at the foot of the table.
Leandro Trossard's smooth strike hands Brighton a major win in their quest for Premier League survival - and pours further misery on long-suffering Southampton in a frequently enthralling clash at St Mary's Stadium. The visitors delivered an impressive performance to pick up a first top-flight win since the start of February - and deliver a shot in the arm to their hopes of football at this level once more next term. At full-time, it has finished Southampton 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion.
90' + 2' Is that a penalty for Walker-Peters? VAR takes a quick look and it is not, with the Southampton man slipping over the ball instead. Brighton are almost there.
90' + 2' Ward-Prowse! That could have been the goal to steal a point for Southampton. Having earned themselves a corner off Veltman, Saints press - and a looping long ball finds the England man, who just can't quite keep this one to ground. 
90' There's going to be three added minutes.
89' If Brighton cling on for what will be their first Premier League win over Southampton, they will be absolutely delighted. But it is more than just that; this could be a season-defining victory for them.
D. Nlundulu
S. Armstrong
87' Dan N'Lundulu is Southampton's final new face of the day, replacing Armstrong as Saints look to find a Hail Mary result here.
J. Moder
L. Trossard
86' Trossard - who is set to be the matchwinner for that fine finish - will make way now as Brighton introduce the latest change of the game, with Jakub Moder on in his place.
85' Lallana - who has enjoyed a fine day against his old club - is the latest man to work his way into the Saints box for Brighton, and he too sees his close-range attempt cleared away from immediate danger.
83' Saints work their way out now, on a break down the left wing, but the final delivery is particularly soft, sailing away for a goal-kick. On the sidelines,  Ralph Hasenhuttl is impassive in his response.
81' We're into the final 10 minutes - plus whatever is added on at the end now - and Southampton have been pinned back from the final third by the visitors. Brighton are hemming them in with a degree of concerning ease.
79' Zeqiri! The Seagulls man cuts a neat path inside the Saints box and forces Forster to parry near the left post. He's been good value since his arrival at the break.
D. Pröpper
D. Welbeck
77' Now it is Brighton's latest change and Welbeck is indeed the man to make way, replaced by Davy Propper.
76' A spiraling cross finds Djenepo out on the left wing and Brighton manage to spear it away. Lallana counters, digs the visitors out of danger and then draws the foul to break up play.
74' It has been Danny Welbeck's first start since December today and he has repaid the faith for his manager. The former Manchester United man - another Premier League winner out there today - looks like he might be set to make an exit shortly though.
72' Graham Potter is gesticulating wildly at his players from his place on the sideline. This result, if they hold on, will be massive; it will take them three points clear of Fulham in 18th, and with a game in hand to boot too.
70' Gross looks to curl it in at the near post and it is not a poor effort, per se - but the wall does its job and Forster covers well to prevent a corner.
M. Djenepo
N. Tella
68' Tella makes way for Moussa Djenepo in Southampton's latest change now, before Welbeck is felled clumsily on the edge of the hosts' box. Gross will take the free-kick.
67' Redmond looks to be playing quite high on the left for Southampton so far. He was up front in their 5-2 loss to Manchester City last time out so let's see what he can do here.
N. Redmond
T. Minamino
65' Saints make their first change of the game now as they chase a result and it is Nathan Redmond who comes on for Minamino.
63' That's great work from Brighton's defence in the end, holding off the follow up set-pieces, and they then cut a path back down the other end. Gross flings a cross in for Welbeck that cuts its way to the far wing; Zeqiri replies with a low finish rifled beyond the opposite post.
61' Ward-Prowse looks to have got it over the wall, but instead a wicked deflection carries it beyond the right post for a corner. Well-defended there, by Brighton.
59' A double chance for Saints! Veltman fells Tella on the edge of the box as he lines up a shot and advantage is played, allowing Adams to crack a follow-up attempt in. Sanchez parries it and the referee brings play back for a free-kick. This is prime Ward-Prowse territory.
58' Southampton have come back into this game once before; can they do so again? They are unbeaten in all seven of their Premier League meetings with Brighton, more than any other side they hold such a record against n the competition.
D. Welbeck
56' Danny Welbeck, that is almost a naughty touch for the assist. The former England man nudges it, almost without a glance, between two defenders of the edge of his boot and Trossard reads it wonderfully. That was a finely-honed effort.
L. Trossard
56' GOAL! LEANDRO TROSSARD PUTS BRIGHTON BACK IN FRONT! 2-1! What a lovely team goal for the Seagulls! Lallana is the man to supply the initial ball against his former side, nudged on with a delightful touch by Welbeck, and the midfielder is there to rifle a powerful finish beyond Forster. Great stuff.
53' Ward-Prowse! It's a routine stop for Sanchez in the end, but the England man nevertheless rattles a low finish in to Brighton's consternation.
52' Trossard flicks another less-than-promising ball into the Saints box and once again the hosts bat it away comfortably. The fact he's getting those deliveries in with early regularity should alarm the hosts though.
50' Is that a penalty to Adams? There's not too much gesticulation from Southampton after their striker goes down inside the box and there's no quibbling about the non-call either. Other sides might have made a meal of protesting that.
48' Trossard looks to spear a cross in for Brighton but it is an absolute nothing delivery, straight into Forster's bread basket with little problem for the goalkeeper.
A. Zeqiri
D. Burn
46' There's been a change for the visitors at the interval too; Andi Zeqiri is on in place of Burn. Let's see how that changes things up for this game.
46' We are back underway at St Mary's Stadium. Can Southampton find a second and complete a league double over the Seagulls? Or will Brighton fly again and pick off the Saints here?
Southampton have seen marginally more ball in this game so far, and twice as many shots too. But Brighton have won more duels and that's helped them craft a late foothold as that half wore on. It will be curious to see how momentum shifts after the break.
It's all square at the interval between Southampton and Brighton in the Premier League - and it could very easily fall either way yet. The Seagulls' early lead through Lewis Dunk's header gave them the edge, but Saints crafted a fine response with Che Adams' volley. At St Mary's Stadium at half-time, it's Southampton 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion.
45' + 1' Trossard! Brighton go close again, as they lash a low volley through the midfielder towards the near post. Forster gets down to stop it, though the woodwork likely would have denied the effort too.
45' There's going to be two added minutes in this first half.
44' It's almost a repeat play for Gross now, back down the wing into the final third again, but this time the delivery is deflected away for a corner. Dunk gets a less successful header on it this time around and Saints manage to shut the visitors down before they can find a second.
42' Gross! That is a golden opportunity for Brighton, the midfielder worked in down the right edge of the box. He goes one-on-one with Forster - and somehow, the former England goalkeeper denies his low effort with a flailing leg. Superb work.
40' Ward-Prowse lashes another free-kick, this one closer to the halfway line than anywhere else, downfield for Bertrand to chase. It has more legs than the defender however and sails away for a goal-kick.
38' Adams wins a free-kick out on the left wing and Ward-Prowse's delivery is excellent. It takes a deflection in the box and - perhaps kindly - falls straight for Sanchez and his outstretched gloves.
36' Welbeck almost wraps his head around a looping delivery tucked in off the left wing, but ultimately only lands a glancing blow that Forster can easily see off.
35' When Southampton have conceded at least once at St Mary’s this term, they’ve won none, drawn one and lost six of their seven matches. Food for thought.
33' Now Gross wins a set-piece chance and spears it into the Southampton box. It tumbles across the face of goal, to far for anyone to latch onto, and runs out for a goal-kick.
31' Diallo clatters Lallana and the latter comes up with the free-kick, though he is unable to make too much of it.
29' Minamino - a Premier League title winner last season with Liverpool who never really got too many chances to shine at Anfield - pops a low if tame shot off at Sanchez. The attacker is enjoying life more on the South Coast than on Merseyside, even without the results going the way of his loan club.
C. Adams
27' GOAL! CHE ADAMS LEVELS IT FOR SOUTHAMPTON! 1-1! That's just the ticket for Saints! Bertrand wins a header inside the box, and Brighton can't nudge it away; it falls to the striker at the right post and he leathers a volley past Sanchez that almost tears the net out. All square at St Mary's.
25' Armstrong slips a throughball downfield for Adams to chase, before the offside flag comes up again. A moment later, Bissouma concedes the corner and Saints exert further pressure on their visitors in the final third.
23' Ward-Prowse gets some good turn on the delivery but Sanchez reads it well and claims in cleanly above the fray. White is forced to block a follow-up move from Saints a moment later though, led by Minamino, before the hosts are caught by the offside flag.
21' Saints have now conceded 50 goals in the top flight this season though, becoming only the second side to reach the mark after West Brom. They do have a corner now however, worked out on the left edge.
20' Graham Potter was left particularly impassive by that goal and it isn't too surprising. The Brighton boss is projecting a cautious air; even with their drop in form, Southampton are more than capable of offering up a powerful response.
18' Brighton craft another fast move from the off, Welbeck pulling back a delivery that Lallana gets close to catching on the half-volley before Southampton manage to smuggle it to safety.
P. Groß
16' Gross picks out his man there with a wonderful delivery and Dunk rewards the trajectory with a superb finish. He's one of the more underrated centre-backs in the Premier League.
L. Dunk
16' GOAL! LEWIS DUNK PUTS BRIGHTON IN FRONT! 1-0! The captain rises to the occasion for the Seagulls with a powerful header, picked up in the middle of the box from Gross' corner and steered deftly in at the right post past Forster. That's a cracker.
15' Maupay! That;s a beauty of a left-footed effort from the edge of the box by the Brighton man, set up with a cheeky back-heel, and Forster has to stretch to full length to tip it over.
13' Sanchez is forced to belt out of his box to leather away a loose ball that Minamino was bearing down on following a neat break for the Japan international in midfield.
11' Southampton spear a promising crossfield delivery down towards the right flank and Walker-Peters just can't keep it in the field of play, overstretched as it sails past him and out.
9' The game comes to a halt now for Trossard to receive some medical treatment after he catches a blow to the face wrestling for control of the ball.
8' Armstrong is the man who slaps a low shot in after a Brighton defensive mishap but Sanchez has it comfortably covered for the Seagulls.
7' One man out to impress today? Brighton's Adam Lallana. It's a reunion for the former Liverpool man with the club where he cut his teeth.
5' Trossard! The flag is up but it's a great move set up by Maupay that forces Saints into some desperate defensive measures, rattled by a low shot that deflects wildly around the penalty area.
4' Down the other end, Bertrand spears away a looping cross tipped in for Welbeck on the far side of the Saints box. Burn tries a return delivery but to little success and the hosts will have a goal-kick.
2' Adams nudges an early speculative header comfortably over the crossbar in these opening exchanges. Both teams will know just what an early goal can do here.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion!
The teams are poised to emerge at St Mary's Stadium and we're moments away from kick-off.
Not only will Saints look for a third Premier League win of the year, they are also looking to complete their first league double over Brighton since the 2005-06 campaign when the sides were in the Championship today.
Subs: Alexis Mac Allister, Steven Alzate, Jose Izquierdo, Jason Steele, Davy Propper, Percy Tau, Andi Zeqiri, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Jakub Moder.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (4-4-2): Robert Sanchez; Joel Veltman, Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn; Adam Lallana, Yves Bissouma, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard; Danny Welbeck, Neal Maupay.
Subs: Daniel N'Lundulu, Mohammed Salisu, Kayne Ramsay, Caleb Watts, Jack Stephens, Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo, Alex McCarthy, Will Ferry.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; Stuart Armstrong, Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse, Takumi Minamino; Nathan Tella, Che Adams.
Robert Sanchez meanwhile keeps his place for the Seagulls despite a costly late mistake last time around; indeed, there is just the one swap for the visitors, as Danny Welbeck slots into the first-choice XI.
There's five changes for Saints today, including Fraser Forster in goal. Che Adams will hope to impress too with England set to play later this month; though a long shot, injuries to both regular starters and others jostling for a call-up like Leeds United's Patrick Bamford, could open the door a fraction.
This, therefore, is more than just another South Coast derby; this is a game that could very well hand a crucial leg-up or a fatal blow to either side. The Seagulls win here, they put some desperate daylight between them and Fulham in 18th. Saints grab three points and they do the same too.
Graham Potter's side are in an even worse position than their hosts today, but at least they never had a false wind to begin with. If anything, they've picked up the pace since the new year - but three losses on the trot has left them level with the bottom three.
Just how has it all gone so wrong for Ralph Hasenhuttl's team? Before Christmas, they were firmly in the mix for Europe. Now, with just seven top-flight points since the start of 2021, they're uncomfortably close to flirting with a relegation battle.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season as struggling Southampton look to rescue their flailing campaign against fellow bottom-end side Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium.