Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Sparkles will be flying when Brentford and Arsenal take on each other in the EFL Cup London derby on Wednesday. The Bees have been struggling in the new Premier League campaign, with Ivan Toney being sorely missed and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in this local derby. All Rico Henry, Joshua Da Silva, and Shandon Baptiste are sidelined with injuries, while Mikkel Damsgaard is a major doubt.
The Gunners, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in their last league match and, no doubt, they want to return to winning ways as soon as possible. Even though Mikel Arteta is expected to mix the squad against Brentford, away win should be considered as the Spanish tactician has a number of high-profile players to choose from. Both Jorginho and Kai Havertz should be recalled to the starting XI, while big-money signing Declan Rice has joined the likes of Leandro Trossard, Thomas Partey, and Jurrien Timber in the recovery room. Gabriel Martinelli is unlikely to be risked.
Highlighted Player (Saman Ghoddos):
Saman Ghoddos is a product of FC Malmo football academy, but he started playing for IF Limhamn Bunkeflo at senior level. After scoring four goals in 41 appearances for the club the Swedish attacker moved to Treleborg, but he did not spend too much time at the club. In 2014 he signed a deal with Syrianska and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the Sodertalje Fotbollsarena outfit.
Saman Ghoddos, who was born in Malmo on September 6, 1996 played for Syrianska from 2014 to 2016 and then he moved to Ostersunds. The Swedish striker, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored ten goals in 27 appearances for Ostersunds in the 2016 Allsvenskan campaign and he impressed in the 2017/2018 Europa League qualifiers.
Saman Ghoddos netted three goals in the process and helped the Swedish club book their place in the group stages of the European competition. Speaking of his personal life, you should bear in mind that Saman’s parents were born in Iran.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.