⚽️ Match: Brighton – Portsmouth
⚽️ Competition: EFL Cup
🗓 Date: 17.09.2020
Predictions for Thursday’s Carabao Cup second round fixture at the AMEX Stadium. The Seagulls entertain League One outfit Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup.
- Brighton played in the Premier League on Monday and will likely shuffle their pack for Thursday’s cup tie.
- Portsmouth hasn’t made it beyond the second round of the league cup since 2010.
- Brighton scored one or fewer goals in 11 of their last 13 home fixtures.
Test of Brighton’s squad strength
Having contested a tough Premier League opener at home to Chelsea on Monday evening, the tight domestic schedule sees Brighton enter the second round of the Carabao Cup against Portsmouth on Thursday.
Despite their eventual 3-1 reverse against Frank Lampard’s new-look Blues, there was plenty of promise in the Seagulls performance on Monday, though few if any of the Albion stars that played so well are likely to feature against Pompey.
With a Sunday trip to Newcastle on the horizon, Graham Potter is expected to make sweeping changes to his Brighton XI for Thursday’s game, with Dan Burn, Dale Stephens, Joel Veltman, Jayson Molumby, and Alireza Jahanbakhsh among others expected to feature.
Even without many of their first-choice players, Brighton is favored to beat a Portsmouth side that hasn’t made it beyond the second round of the League Cup since 2010, though the Seagulls’ personnel reshuffle and the disjointedness that should bring could mean that any margin of victory is slim.
With that considered, we like the look of a 1-0 Brighton win for our correct score prediction to run alongside our home victory forecast.