Brighton have beaten Aston Villa at home in the Premier League for the very first time, and for the first time at home across all competitions since December 1980, ending an eight-match winless run at home against the Villans (D4 L4) since a 1-0 win at the Goldstone Ground under Alan Mullery.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi picked up his fifth booking of the season, with no manager in the Premier League receiving more cards this season than him (Mikel Arteta, also with five). Overall, De Zerbi has now picked up 11 cards in the league during his time at Brighton, with the Italian also receiving the most cards last season in the Premier League (6 – 4 yellow, 2 red).

Brighton went into half-time level for only the 10th time in the Premier League this season, with only Burnley and Manchester City doing so on fewer occasions (both nine). The Seagulls went in level at the break in just three of their first 19 Premier League games of the season but have now done so seven times across their last 16 in the competition.

Joao Pedro has now scored 9 Premier League goals for Brighton this season, with only Glenn Murray (13 in 2018/19, 12 in 2017/18), Alexis Mac Allister (10 in 2022-23) and Neal Maupay (10 in 2019/20) scoring more for the Seagulls in a single Premier League season.

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