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Dublin: 9°C Wednesday 14 April 2021

For the first time in 34 years, Brighton will play in the top-flight of English football

Chris Hughton’s side can win the Championship title with victory over Norwich on Friday.

Image: Gareth Fuller

BRIGHTON WILL PLAY in next season’s Premier League after securing automatic promotion from the Championship.

Chris Hughton’s side knew that victory over Wigan coupled with a draw or defeat for Huddersfield against Derby would guarantee them a place in the top-flight for the first time since 1983.

They kept their part of the bargain by racking up a 2-1 victory against the Latics while, at Pride Park, an 88th-minute equaliser from Jacob Butterfield ensured a 1-1 stalemate and confirmed a top-two finish for Brighton.

With a seven point gap back to Newcastle in second, the club can claim the Championship title on Friday with a win over Norwich.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic - Sky Bet Championship - AMEX Stadium Source: Gareth Fuller

Brighton’s story is all about perseverance. Last term, they missed out on an automatic promotion place on the final day of the season after drawing 1-1 with Middlesbrough, who went up instead.

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Then in the playoff semi-finals, they were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday.

But this season, they and Newcastle have battled it out at the top of the table, with Brighton pulling away in recent weeks.

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