Brighton arrived in this contest off the back of successive defeats, and looking to avoid three on the spin for the first time since March 2022.

The Seagulls had also lost each of their previous five Premier League meetings with Villa, who could have secured their Champions League qualification with a win.

Gross almost broke the deadlock on his 200th Premier League start for Brighton – his strike ruled out following a VAR review – becoming only the second player to reach that figure, after Lewis Dunk.

However, Pedro turned out to be the matchwinner as he became the first player to score 20 goals in all competitions in a single season for the Seagulls since Glenn Murray netted 23 in 2016/17.

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