Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Struggling Chelsea will look to give fans something to cheer about when they take on Brighton in the EFL Cup last 32. The Blues aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in all competitions and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field. Defender Malo Gusto is banned for the match following his sending-off in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, while all Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Benoit Badiashilie, and Carney Chukwuemeka remain in the recovery room.
The Seagulls, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Bournemouth in their last league match, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to London. Brighton are more of a team than Chelsea and we predict that the visitors are going to showcase their worth on the field. Both James Milner and Jakub Moder should miss out with injuries, while Pascal Gross is unlikely to be risked.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
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.