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Date of Tips: 25/09/2023
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Chelsea will look to find some relief from their Premier League struggles on Wednesday when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at the EFL Cup.
The Blues lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at home last time, while the Seagulls dominated Bournemouth 3-1.
Chelsea’s season has gone from bad to worst as they suffered another disappointing loss at Stamford Bridge, with Malo Gusto’s 58th minute red card prior to Ollie Watkins’s 73rd minute winner.
Mauricio pochettino has lost three Premier League games this year, with only one win. Only two teams, Luton Town, and Burnley, have scored fewer Premier League goal than Chelsea.
The Blues are now 14th in the table, 10 points behind Brighton (third place) and just four points above the relegation zones. Meanwhile, the Champions League champions for 2020-21 are already nine points short of the top 4.
Pochettino is looking to improve on his performance against AFC Wimbledon, which was a disappointing start for Chelsea’s EFL Cup campaign. The team came from behind and won 2-1, but it was a close win.
Brighton, on the other hand, has started the Premier League season in a spectacular fashion. They have won five of their six matches and are still within striking distance of Manchester City, Liverpool, and the top of the league standings.
After winning 3-1 against Newcastle United and Manchester United in successive weeks, Roberto De Zerbi’s team suffered a 3-2 defeat to AEK Inhens last week. However, they quickly returned to winning ways by beating Bournemouth 3-1 at the weekend.
After 45 minutes of play, the Seagulls were locked at 1-1. Kaoru Mitchell came off the bench and scored a brace in the second half to complete their comeback. They have now scored three or more goals in each of their last five league matches.
Brighton, who have scored 18 goals in their first six matches, are leading scorers this season. They will no doubt be confident to continue to humiliate Chelsea.
Pochettino has few options for Wednesday’s match due to the injury crisis at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts can’t afford to rest key players like Wesley Fofana and Christopher Nkunku. They also cannot afford to rest Trevoh Chaobah, Reece James Carney Chukwuemeka Benoit Badieashile Noni Madueke, Marcus Bettinelli, Trevoh Lavia or Trevoh Lavia.
The debut of Serbian goalkeeper Djordje Petovic is expected, which means that Robert Sanchez won’t face his former team on Wednesday. Cole Palmer and Ben Chilwell will be reinstated to the starting line-up.
For Brighton, both injured players Julio Enciso (left) and Jakub Modeer (right) will be out for a while, and James Milner, and Pascal Gross, are questionable for the midweek match in the capital.
De Zerbi, who has shown he’s not afraid of making multiple changes to the starting XI for his team, could have a brand new Brighton side ready to play on Wednesday. Players like Jason Steele and Adama Lallana are pushing to start, as well as Solly March, Ansu Fatii, Joao Peiro, and Ansu Fati.
All signs point to another tough night for Pochettino and his side when you combine Chelsea’s recent poor record with Brighton’s impressive performance.
We expect Brighton to win another high-scoring match at Stamford Bridge, given that they have scored 20 goals across seven matches in all competitions so far this season.