Carabao Cup: Match Preview, Arsenal VS Brighton: Prediction, Probable lineups, Head-to-head, and Key Stats

    Wednesday's League Cup matchup at the Emirates Stadium between Premier League leaders Arsenal and Brighton features two teams with different seasons thus far

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    Mikel Arteta on the sideline for Arsenal Image credit: PA Images Mikel Arteta on the sideline for Arsenal

    The third-round matchup should provide both clubs with the potential to continue their excellent form after claiming weekend victories, the Gunners on the road at Chelsea and Brighton with a late winner at Wolves.

    Last year, Mikel Arteta's squad was eliminated in the semi-finals, but Brighton's previous appearance in the competition's latter stages dates back to 1979.

    Arsenal presently leads Manchester City by two points in the Premier League standings. Mikel Arteta's squad has been in fine form of late, having won three consecutive games in all competitions. This week, they will attempt to extend their winning streak against Brighton.

    Brighton is sixth in the Premier League, five points behind the top four teams. Recent results have been erratic for Roberto De Zerbi's squad, who have only won two of their last five games in all competitions.

    After defeating Chelsea 4-1 and Wolves 3-2 over the weekend, they will seek to turn things around with a victory over Arsenal.

    As for head-to-head stats, both sides have clashed 25 times, where The Gunners have won 14 games while Brighton has bagged six victories. At the same time, five games have been drawn.

    Key Stats for the Match

    • Arsenal has the joint-best defence and the second-best offence in the Premier League, conceding only 11 goals and scoring 31 goals through 13 games.
    • The Gunners have lost their last two encounters against Brighton in all competitions.
    • Arsenal have won all twelve of their most recent home matches.
    • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their previous three games across all competitions.
    • Brighton is tied for the seventh-best defence in the Premier League, allowing only 17 goals in 13 games.

    Arsenal Team News

    Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith-Rowe are the only injured players, and Kieran Tierney should replace Oleksandr Zinchenko as left-back as soon as he returns from injury.

    Cedric Soares might make his debut while Rob Holding replaces William Saliba. Gabriel Magalhaes, fresh off his exclusion from Brazil's national team, might play centre defence. Left-back is a prominent position for Kieran Tierney.

    Mohamed Elneny will likely start with Sambi Lokongo in central midfield. Fabio Vieira might play the advanced position, while Arteta, if available, could give Marquinhos a rare start in the attack.

    Predicted lineup: Turner, Marquinhos, Vieira, Nelson, Nketiah, Cedric, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, and Lokonga.

    Brighton Team News

    Jakub Moder is currently the only injury issue for De Zerbi and the Seagulls, as the midfielder continues to heal from a knee injury that could keep him out until the end of February.

    Levi Colwill hopes to gain a spot alongside Julio Enciso, Billy Gilmour, and Jeremy Sarmiento in the starting lineup.

    Predicted lineup: Steele, March, Welbeck, Trossard, Veltman, Dunk, Colwill; Lamptey, Caicedo, Gilmour, and Mitoma.

    Arsenal VS Brighton prediction

    Arsenal has remained undefeated at home this season, winning both Premier League and Europa League contests. Despite Brighton's evident threat, Arteta's success will continue in the third competition.

    Final prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Brighton