Brighton will be hoping to maintain their quest to land a domestic trophy when they head to the Emirates to tackle a seemingly unstoppable Arsenal in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening.
Roberto de Zerbi’s men are trying to navigate a route to Europe next season, and while that could happen via the Premier League, the EFL Cup may be deemed a more realistic opportunity.
The Seagulls, who tasted victories over Wolves and Chelsea in their last two league outings, made light work of Forest Green Rovers in the third round of the EFL Cup as they cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Meanwhile, virtually every question that has been asked of the Gunners has been answered emphatically, and there will be a buoyant mood in the camp after a 1-0 win away to Chelsea last weekend.
This represents the first foray into the competition for Mikel Arteta’s men this season, but how will things unravel? We have delved into the betting markets and supplied a couple of juicy tips for you to keep in mind.
Arsenal to breeze into the next round
Arsenal are trying to end a 30-year wait to lift the League Cup as their last triumph came back in the 1992/93 campaign, and it is a competition they have normally come unstuck in.
With things going swimmingly in the League and a spot in the next stage of the Europa League already sewn up, Arteta may well ring the changes.
At home, they have been unstoppable, and they are yet to taste defeat, showing the measure of the task for Brighton at hand.
De Zerbi has got his feet comfortably under the table. While his side have enjoyed a recent run of good form, this could be a step too far for his men.
Although Brighton emerged victorious on their last visit to the Emirates back in April, they are facing a very different Arsenal these days, one that has developed a winning habit.
I have a hunch that Arsenal should breeze through into the next round with a 2-0 victory. If you are tempted by the Correct Score section, then Paddy Power is pricing up this outcome at 7/1.
Fabio Vieira to send Mikel Arteta a timely reminder
While he shone in the early stages of the campaign, Fabio Vieira has largely been reduced to a bit-part role in the Premier League lately, and he has made several cameo appearances.
Nevertheless, Vieira, who has two goals to his name in all competitions this term, is expected to start against Brighton and will be keen to impress Arteta.
Although he hasn’t scored since the 3-0 win over Bodo Glimt in the Europa League last month, Vieira would like to end his drought, and he could well hit the target against the Seagulls.
Vieira could open the scoring for Arsenal, and Coral has dished up a price of 6/1, which may be worth exploring.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.