With the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal getting their EFL Cup campaigns underway on Wednesday night, we are treated to a host of heavyweight showdowns.
Ahead of a handful of all-Premier League showdowns, we have found a pair of EFL Cup contests that are worth keeping an eye out for in midweek.
19:45 Chelsea vs Brighton
While Brighton might have opened their famous Europa League adventure with a disappointing 3-2 loss at home against AEK last month, the Seagulls certainly came roaring back a few days ago. Only continuing to gain a string of plaudits since Roberto De Zerbi arrived at the Amex last year, Wednesday’s guests will be smelling the chance to make another statement here.
Last seen over the weekend mounting an eye-catching comeback at home against Bournemouth as they eventually claimed a deserved 3-1 victory, the one-time Sassuolo boss has seen his side win each of their previous three Premier League appearances by an aggregate score of 9-3.
Likewise, winning five of their first six top-flight showdowns, Brighton have also collected some monumental scalps since opening the new campaign.
Marking their return from September’s international break with a rampant 3-1 win away at Manchester United, De Zerbi’s men have quickly gained a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third.
Already notching 18 strikes in their first six Premier League contests, Brighton should be relishing a trip to west London in midweek.
While Chelsea might have appointed ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino over the summer in an attempt to steady the ship at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are enduring a public crisis.
Last seen over the weekend putting in a nightmare performance on home soil as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, the former Premier League champions have remarkably won just a pair of their previous 18 straight top-flight appearances.
Claiming just five points from their first six outings, Chelsea also hold a woeful record against Wednesday’s guests.
Including a 2-1 loss when they welcomed Brighton to Stamford Bridge back on April 15th, Pochettino’s side have failed to win any of their previous five straight Premier League matchups against the Seagulls.
Betting Tip: Brighton to qualify @ 11/10 with Pribet
19:45 Liverpool vs Leicester
While Liverpool might have come under a huge amount of scrutiny last season as they missed out on the chance to claim a crucial top-four finish, Jurgen Klopp’s side have come flying out of the traps this time around. Continuing to impress on either side of September’s international break, Wednesday’s guests are riding a recent wave of momentum.
Last seen over the weekend claiming an eye-catching 3-1 victory at home against West Ham, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his superstar squad muster 16 points from their opening six Premier League appearances so far this season.
Likewise, getting their Europa League adventure underway last week thanks to a turnaround 3-1 win away at Austrian outfit LASK, the Reds have won each of their previous six appearances across all competitions.
With their recent purple patch highlighted by a remarkable last-gasp 2-1 win away at Newcastle on August 27th, Klopp’s men have certainly found a real clinical edge in the final third.
While the former Premier League champions might have recorded just a single clean sheet from their first seven appearances across all fronts, they have already bagged 15 top-flight strikes since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.
On the flip side, while Leicester might have endured a Premier League nightmare last season as they lost their top-flight status, the Foxes have certainly found their feet under new boss Enzo Maresca.
Already tipped as a leading contender to make an immediate Premier League return in 2024, the one-time Manchester City coach has seen his squad win nine of their opening 10 appearances across all competitions.
With their stellar start to life back into the second-tier highlighted by a 4-1 romp away at Southampton on their return from September’s international break, Leicester should be excited by a trip to Anfield here.
However, while the Foxes might be confident of testing a leaky defence on Wednesday night, they certainly face a heavyweight challenge in the red half of Merseyside.
Betting Tip: Liverpool win & Both teams to score @ 2/1 with Luckster
Wednesday’s EFL Cup Double
- Chelsea vs Brighton – Brighton to qualify @ 11/10
- Liverpool vs Leicester – Liverpool win & Both teams to score @ 2/1
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