Charlton Athletic vs Brighton & Hove Albion Match Analysis & Prediction
21/12/2022 10:45 pm
After more than a month without involvement in a competitive game, Brighton & Hove Albion return to action on Wednesday, when they visit managerless Charlton Athletic in the EFL Cup.
While the League one side have not only lost three straight matches but also exited two other cup competitions during the past month, Brighton will resume their Premier League campaign inside the top half of the table.
Before the remarkable events of Qatar 2022 intervened, Brighton lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa, who were also their opponents in a 2-2 friendly draw earlier this month.
That defeat slightly dampened spirits after beating Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their two previous league matches.
In addition, the Seagulls had toppled Premier League leaders Arsenal in the EFL Cup third round, with Tariq Lamptey scoring the final goal in an impressive 3-1 victory at the Emirates.
Under former manager Graham Potter, an unfamiliar XI beat second-round opponents Forest Green Rovers 3-0 at the start of the season, all of which has led to the same stage where Brighton have been eliminated in each of the past two year to Manchester United and Leicester City respectively.
Dreams of giant-killing have been far from the thoughts of Charlton Athletic’s ailing squad, which has gone six matches without a win since progressing past Stevenage in the previous round.
Now under the tutelage of caretaker manager Anthony Hayes, Charlton have also suffered three defeats in a row following another League One reverse on Saturday, in which they let a lead slip to lose 2-1 against Bristol Rovers at The Valley.
Owner Thomas Sandgaard recently claimed that former manager Ben Garner had lost authority among his players, which led to the former Swindon head coach being dismissed at the start of December.
The final humiliation came at fourth-tier Stockport County, in an FA Cup second round replay which ended in a 3-1 defeat despite going ahead early on, with Charlton having already been knocked out of the EFL Trophy by Plymouth Argyle.
Familiar defensive weaknesses were to blame on both occasions, and Hayes will now have his hands full to organise a struggling side sufficiently to keep Brighton at bay.
Charlton Athletic vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 13 occasions across all competitions, where Charlton have claimed two victories while Brighton have won six, and they have drawn in five. Brighton have scored 24 goals and conceded 15. In their last five meetings, Brighton have won three while drawing twice.
30/08/2014Brighton & Hove Albion2Charlton Athletic2Championship
10/01/2015Charlton Athletic0Brighton & Hove Albion1Championship
05/12/2015Brighton & Hove Albion3Charlton Athletic2Championship
23/04/2016Charlton Athletic1Brighton & Hove Alion3Championship
24/07/2018Charlton Athletic1Brighton & Hove Albion1Club Friendlies
Charlton Athletic Team News
Charlton are welcoming Miles Leaburn and Terell Thomas back from their respective ankle issues, but goalkeeper Joe Wollacott is still out with a finger injury.
Jack Payne and Scott Fraser may be retained in midfield, while Leaburn and Chuks Aneke, both substitutes on Saturday, hope to be promoted into the hosts’ forward line.
Charlton Athletic's Last 5 Matches
22/11/2022Plymouth Argyle3Charlton Athletic2EFL Trophy
26/11/2022Charlton Athletic2Stockport County2FA Cup
02/12/2022Charlton Athletic0Cheltenham Town1League One
07/12/2022Stockport County3Charlton Athletic1FA Cup
17/12/2022Charlton Athletic1Bristol Rovers2League One
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News
Alexis Mac Allister will be absent from proceedings on Wednesday, while Jakub Moder remains sidelined by a knee injury which could keep him out until February.
Goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, Tariq Lamptey, Leandro Trossard, Kaoru Mitoma and Ecuadorian trio Pervis Estupinan, Moises Caicedo and Jeremy Sarmiento are all in contention.
Brighton & Hove Albion's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2022Brighton & Hove Albion4Chelsea1Premier League
05/11/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers2Brighton & Hove Albion3Premier League
09/11/2022Arsenal1Brighton & Hove Albion3EFL Cup
13/11/2022Brighton & Hove Albion1Aston Villa2Premier League
08/12/2022Aston Villa2Brighton & Hove Albion2Club Friendlies
Charlton Athletic vs. Brighton & Hove Albion: Odds and Predictions
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