Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A place in the EFL Cup last 16 will be at stake when Arsenal and Brighton face each other at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Gunners are enjoying a very successful Premier League campaign, with the team leading the chase for the trophy, two points clear of star-studded Man City, and there is every chance Mikel Arteta will use the EFL clash to rest key players.
All Tierney, Elneny, and Holding are pushing for a start after the trio came from the bench in the win over Chelsea, while Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu should miss out with injuries. The Seagulls, on the other hand, proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Chelsea (4-1) and Wolverhampton (3-2), and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. All Welbeck, Veltman, Undav, Lamptey, and Gilmour are eyeing a spot in the starting XI, while midfielder Jakub Moder misses out with injury.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Brighton):
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club were formed in 1901. The Seagulls welcome their opponents at Falmer Stadium and the capacity of Brighton’s home ground is 30,750. The stadium was built in 2008 and it was opened in 2011. The venue is known for commercial purposes as American Express Community Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion compete in the Premier League and they play in blue and white stripes. The colour of Brighton’s away kit is green. The club made it to the FA Cup final in 1983, but English giants Manchester United proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils.
Brighton’s main rivals are Crystal Palace and the Seagulls have recorded 35 wins over the Eagles. Frank Stapleton, Martin Chivers, Joe Corrigan, Bobby Zamora, Mark Lawrenson, Bobby Smith, John Crumplin and Frank Worthington are notable footballers who played for Brighton in the past. The Albion is Preston’s yet another nickname.