Competition: EFL Cup
Market: Brighton win
Odds: 7/5 @ 888sport
Looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup in midweek, Brighton will make the trip to Championship outfit Preston on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Preston might have managed to come from behind and snatch a last-gasp winner away at Derby while on EFL Cup duties last week, the Whites have shown some signs of a struggle this summer. This time throwing away the lead over the weekend late on and having to settle for a point away at Championship returners Norwich on Saturday, Alex Neil’s men also continued to show plenty of cause for concern on home soil last season. Including opening the new campaign with a 1-0 loss at home against Swansea earlier in the month, Preston have managed to win just one of their last six second-tier contests at Deepdale continuing on from last season, a run that saw them hit with back-to-back 3-1 defeat against QPR and Cardiff back in June.
As for the visitors, although on paper Brighton might have opened the 2020/2021 campaign with a 3-1 defeat at home against Chelsea, the Seagulls couldn’t have wished for a better response. Asking the Champions League outfit a string of questions on the South Coast earlier in the month, Graham Potter’s men really laid down a marker on their travels over the weekend. Along with booking their trip to Deepdale thanks to what turned out to be a 4-0 romp against League One Portsmouth last week, the one-time Swansea boss saw his side blow away Newcastle thanks to a 3-0 victory at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. With the confidence in their camp likely to be at a real high, we’re backing an away victory for the Premier League side in midweek.
Bet: Brighton 7/5 to beat Preston in Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie @ 888sport
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