Chelsea are set to host Brighton, who are in incredible form. They will be looking to end their scoring drought and put up a respectful performance in front of their home fans at the Stamford Bridge against a strong Brighton side. Here's the preview of the match between Brighton and Chelsea to give you an idea of what you can expect from this fixture.
Chelsea are going through one of the worst spells in their history. At the moment, it seems like the South London club is in the mud. They've failed to score a single goal in their last three matches, have just won two games this season and have currently occupied the 14th place in the table.
After their loss against Aston Villa on the weekend, Pochettino and his team would be under huge pressure to deliver in this knockout game. Chelsea did get a win over AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the EFL Cup but this time the test is much more challenging in the name of Brighton.
The Seagulls on the other hand are flying. They've started their 2023-24 campaign in a very exciting manner. In six Premier League games, they've managed to win five, which includes a 3-1 over Manchester United at the Old Trafford, this shows how much of a chance Roberto De Zerbi has brought.
Brighton are coming to this match on the back of a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League and will be looking to go further in this competition as well. Although they did suffer an unexpected 3-2 defeat against AEK Athens in their first ever Europa League game, but they're ready to face the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
It will be interesting to see how both managers approach the game. In a stark sign of the times, it could be Brighton not Chelsea who opt to make more changes as they compete on more fronts and further up the table while the Blues could do with a win of any sort.
Goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic should make his debut, and fellow summer signing Cole Palmer will join him in an otherwise strong XI. You would imagine Ben Chilwell starts and takes the captain's armband. Axel Disasi looks a safe bet to start at right-back, while Nicolas Jackson is available despite Premier League suspension.
Lesley Ugochukwu could start, offering Enzo Fernandez some much-needed rest.
Brighton should also change their keepers with Jason Steele coming in, and could give another start to loanee Ansu Fati. Adam Lallana should also feature, along with former Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.
Chelsea Predicted Line-up: Petrovic; Disasi, Silva, Colwill, Chilwell; Caicedo, Ugochukwu; Palmer, Fernandez, Mudryk; Jackson.
Brighton Predicted Line-up: Steele; Lamptey, van Hecke, Igor, Estupinan; Lallana, Baleba; March, Fati, Mitoma; Pedro.