Arsenal VS Brighton Live Football Score Match 09 Nov 2022
Arsenal begin their quest to end a 30-year drought without an EFL Cup honour to their name when Brighton & Hove Albion visit the Emirates for the third round on Wednesday evening.
While the Gunners enter at this stage of the competition, the Seagulls have already had to defeat Forest Green Rovers 3-0 to make it this far.Almost every question that has been asked of Arsenal’s Premier League title credentials has been answered by Mikel Arteta’s young guns, and their only complaint from Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea is that the margin of victory at Stamford Bridge was not greater.
Arsenal kept former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the rest of the Chelsea attack at bay with ease, and Gabriel Magalhaes was on hand to poke home Bukayo Saka’s goal-bound corner in the 63rd minute to see the Gunners restore their two-point lead over Manchester City at the top.
More and more Gooners are now starting to believe that a charge for Premier League glory can be sustained, but Arteta’s side must now turn their attention to the EFL Cup, a competition that they have only won twice in their history and most recently in the 1992-93 season.
The North London club did make it to the semi-finals last year, impressively holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg with 10 men before losing 2-0 at the Emirates, and not since the 2014-15 season have they gone out in the third round.
Arteta’s side enter the midweek contest on the back of three straight wins and three straight clean sheets in all tournaments, and their streak of victories at the Emirates now stands at 12 matches, but Brighton should be no pushovers by any stretch.Five goals were on the menu when Brighton & Hove Albion put Chelsea to the sword two weekends ago, and another quintet of strikes flew in at Molineux in the latest round of Premier League matches, but this one was a much more close-run affair.
Adam Lallana and Karou Mitoma struck for the Seagulls either side of Goncalo Guedes and Ruben Neves’s efforts, but after Nelson Semedo was sent off for a last-man foul on Mitoma, Brighton took advantage to finish through Pascal Gross in the 83rd minute.
Maintaining an unlikely European charge will undoubtedly be the goal for Roberto De Zerbi as his side lie sixth in the rankings after 13 matches, but a deep cup run would also be welcomed by the Amex faithful, whose side have never gone all the way in the EFL Cup.
The Seagulls have suffered two fourth-round exits to Manchester United and Leicester City in the past two seasons, and a rotated side comfortably saw off Forest Green Rovers 3-0 in the second round, but Brighton travel to the Emirates having conceded at least twice in each of their last five away matches.
Arsenal failed to win either of their Premier League meetings with Brighton last year – drawing 0-0 at the Amex before a 2-1 loss at the Emirates back in April – and the visitors may possess that little glimmer of hope given how Arteta’s second-string side have failed to dominate games in the Europa League this term.Aside from long-term groin absentee Emile Smith Rowe, Arsenal’s only other injury concern at the minute is Takehiro Tomiyasu, who came off with a muscular problem against FC Zurich in the Europa League and was not involved against Chelsea.
The severity of the 23-year-old’s problem has not been officially disclosed, but his absence should allow Cedric Soares to make his first start of the season at right-back as Arteta rotates before the weekend’s Premier League contest with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Matt Turner has recovered from a groin injury and should take the place of Aaron Ramsdale in goal, while Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Fabio Vieira and Eddie Nketiah should also be in line for starts.
As for the Seagulls, Jakub Moder is the sole injury concern for De Zerbi at present as the midfielder remains on the long road to recovery from his knee injury, which could keep him sidelined until the end of February.
Changes can be expected from the visitors too, with Jason Steele, Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour hoping to earn opportunities to impress, but De Zerbi will still look to put a team out capable of producing a shock result at the Emirates.
One man who could also benefit from some rotation is former Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, who faces his old employers after scoring 32 goals in 126 games for the Gunners, but he is yet to find the back of the net this season.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Turner; Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Lokonga; Marquinhos, Vieira, Nelson; Nketiah
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Steele; Veltman, Dunk, Colwill; Lamptey, Caicedo, Gilmour, Mitoma; March, Welbeck, TrossardArsenal can make it four wins in a row in all competitions when they take on Brighton in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The Gunners are top of the Premier League and through to the next round of the Europa League, so they will be eager to continue their fight on multiple fronts by progressing in the cup.
Brighton, meanwhile, are looking good in recent weeks, having demolished Chelsea 4-1 and followed that up with a 3-2 win against Wolves at the weekend.
Arsenal vs Brighton latest odds
Arsenal are the big favourites to get the win against the Seagulls, with bet365 offering them at odds of 7/10 (1.70).Brighton are the underdogs to win this match at 4/1 (5.00) with the draw available odds of 11/4 (3.75).
Arsenal vs Brighton first goal scorer odds
Gabriel Jesus is on a bit of a goal drought, having failed to find the net in Arsenal’s last nine matches. Nevertheless, he is the favourite to get the first goal of the game at odds of 4/1 (5.00), while Khayon Edwards is 9/2 (5.50).
Danny Welbeck is Brighton’s lowest-priced player to strike first at 8/1 (9.00), while Deniz Undav is set at 17/2 (9.50).
Arsenal vs Brighton preview
Mikel Arteta has said he will pick a strong starting XI to line up at the Emirates Stadium this week.
The Gunners boss hopes to ensure his side compete for silverware this season and the Carabao Cup is one his side will be sure to take seriously.
“It is a different competition but the purpose is the same, to play as good as we can, win the game and go into the next round,” he said. “We’re going to pick a very competitive team. I think everyone deserves chances, and we’ll make some changes with judgement in relation to the load of the players, but we’ll play to win.”
The coach is still without Emile Smith Rowe for this game, while Takehiro Tomiyasu is expected to miss out again after picking up a muscle injury against Zurich in the Europa League last week.
There are no new injury problems for Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi to deal with, as Jakub Moder is the only long term absentee.
The Seagulls coach has said he will make some changes to the team that beat Wolves at the weekend, but promised a strong line up.
Arsenal vs Brighton tips and predictions
Arsenal are looking stronger heading into this game and are taking this competition seriously. Backing them to win at odds of 7/10 (1.70) looks worth a punt, but Brighton will be up for a fight, so backing both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) is also enticing.