Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Brentford and Chelsea face each other in the EFL Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday evening. The Bees were not in action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs should not prove to be a big problem for the home side. Key attacker Ivan Toney has overcome his injury, but all Ajer, Dasilva, Raya, and Jeanvier remain in the recovery room. The Blues, on the other hand, are hit by coronavirus, with all Chilwell, Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku, Werner, Havertz, and Kovacic being tested positive for the novel virus.
Since Thomas Tuchel’s troops failed to impress in a goalless draw with Wolverhampton at the weekend, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on under 2.5 goals. When the two teams met in the Premier League earlier this term Chelsea defeated Brentford thanks to Ben Chillwell’s goal, and yet another low-scoring affair is on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Pontus Jansson):
Sweden international defender Pontus Jansson started his career at a local club Arlovs Bl before moving to Swedish giants Malmo in 2006. Three years later the talented centre-back was given his first-team debut, off the back of a highly successful season which saw his pick up a prestigious Academy Player of the Year award.
During his five-year stay with Malmo Jansson went on to play 98 league matches, score 6 goals and impose himself as a commanding presence for his club. A ball-playing central defender who likes to keep things clean and simple, Jansson boasts impressive composure and never backs under pressure. The Swedish defender was plucked by the Serie A side Torino in 2014 where he failed to make his big international break.
Three years into his stay in Italy – and a season-long loan at Leeds United after – Pontus Jansson moved to Elland Road on permanent basis. His work-rate, great positioning and impressive physicall ability made him one of the hottest properties in the summer of 2018 with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and other Premier League sides expressing interest in high services, but Jansson opted to remain at Leeds and work under Marcelo Bielsa.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.