There is a big slate of Carabao Cup action this midweek, with a slew of fixtures that feature an all-Premier League match-up. While Chelsea versus Manchester City is no doubt the headliner on the slate, Arsenal versus Brighton & Hove Albion is a tantalizing fixture in its own right. Consider Chelsea-City the main event, and then deem Gunners-Seagulls the primary undercard.
Seems like an accurate way to size up the next round of League Cup action, as football fans approach the next set of matches with one eye here, and another eye on the World Cup.
Arsenal vs Brighton FYIs
Competition: EFL Cup Round 3
Kick-off: 7:45 pm BST Nov 9, 2022)
Venue: The Emirates Stadium, London
Team News for Both Sides: go here
Let’s pretend to be Mikel Arteta and Roberto de Zerbi (who took over the Gulls after Graham Potter left for Chelsea) and try to predict the first teams for tomorrow night’s clash in north London.
Starting XI Predictions for both sides
Turner; Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga; Marquinhos, Vieira, Nelson; Nketiah
Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill; Lamptey, Caicedo, Gilmour, Mitoma; March, Welbeck, Trossard
Prediction: Arsenal 1, Brighton 0
I think Arteta will do some squad rotation here, but it will still be a strong enough side to get the victory. Although don’t be too surprised if the Gulls pull off the upset.
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