Chelsea is set to face Brighton in a highly anticipated Carabao Cup third-round encounter.
With both teams looking to make their mark in this competition, here’s a comprehensive match preview.
Chelsea’s Desperate Need for Victory
Chelsea, under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, is hungry for a win. The team has managed just one victory in six Premier League games, raising fan concerns. In the previous round of the Carabao Cup, Chelsea narrowly escaped a challenge from AFC Wimbledon, emphasizing their current struggles.
On the other hand, Brighton is riding high on confidence, having recorded two consecutive wins. They are optimistic about extending their winning streak against Chelsea, who have recently experienced managerial changes and notable player signings.
Both teams face intriguing decisions regarding their lineups. Despite competing on multiple fronts and performing well in the Premier League, Brighton may make more changes. Meanwhile, Chelsea desperately needs a victory, which could lead to them fielding a strong XI.
Notable players include Djordje Petrovic and Cole Palmer for Chelsea, while Ben Chilwell will likely start as captain. For Brighton, Jason Steele may take over in goal, and loanee Ansu Fati could earn another start. Adam Lallana and former Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour are expected to feature.
The current form favours Brighton, as Mauricio Pochettino’s options are limited due to injuries and suspensions, making it challenging to bring significant changes. Unless Brighton opts for a substantially weaker lineup, they are predicted to win, possibly in extra time.
Head-to-Head History and Results
Chelsea has struggled against Brighton in recent meetings, losing the last two encounters. The Blues’ last victory over the Seagulls dates back three years, with Brighton having the upper hand in recent clashes.
Chelsea Wins: 12
Brighton Wins: 3
Ansu Fati to Score: 5/2
Date and Kick-off Time: The Chelsea vs. Brighton clash is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2023, with a kick-off time at 7:45 PM WAT.
Venue: The match will be hosted at Stamford Bridge.
Where to Watch
The match will be broadcast live on TV and online, with various streaming options for fans. Fans can check their local listings to watch the Chelsea vs Brighton Carabao Cup clash.