Chelsea vs AFC Wimbledon Match Analysis & Prediction
30/08/2023 9:45 pm
Chelsea kick off their EFL Cup campaign when they welcome League Two outfit AFC Wimbledon to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday’s second-round tie.
While the Blues are entering the knockout competition at the second stage, their visitors have already caused a major upset in the tournament, eliminating Coventry City in round one.
Owing to their humbling 12th-placed finish in the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, Chelsea are entering unfamiliar territory in the EFL Cup this week, taking part in the second round of the competition for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.
Not since the 1995-96 edition have the Blues been eliminated from the League Cup in the second round – losing to Stoke City 1-0 over two legs that year – but their hopes of stardom were extinguished straight away last year, as they lost in the third round to Manchester City several month on from their penalty-shootout heartache against Liverpool in the 2022 final.
Unlike Chelsea, Wimbledon can proudly claim to be entering Wednesday’s contest having not lost a single game in the 2023-24 campaign so far, but they were denied a third successive win when recently-relegated Forest Green Rovers visited Plough Lane at the weekend.
James Ball’s header had Wimbledon in lead 10 minutes before the break, but veteran attacker Troy Deeney equalised for the visitors 15 minutes before the end.
Wimbledon pulled off one of the scalps of the EFL Cup first round, beating last year’s Championship playoff runners-up Coventry City 2-1 through an injury-time winner from Ryan McLean – as Johnnie Jackson’s side reached round two for just the third time in their history.
Only once have Wimbledon managed to progress further in the EFL Cup, but they were quickly beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the 2021-22 third round.
Chelsea vs. AFC Wimbledon Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just one occasion in a friendly, where Chelsea won 3-2 away from home.
19/07/2014AFC Wimbledon2Chelsea3Club Friendlies
30/08/2023ChelseaN/AAFC WimbledonN/ALeague Cup
Chelsea Team News
Djordje Petrovic has arrived from New England Revolution to bolster Chelsea’s goalkeeping department and may be considered for his debut this week.
The likes of Diego Moreira, Ian Maatsen, Nono Madueke, Bashir Humphreys and Marc Cucurella should be handed opportunities to impress.
Chelsea's Last 5 Matches
30/07/2023Chelsea2Fulham0Premier League Summer Series
03/08/2023Chelsea1Borussia Dortmund1Club Friendlies
20/08/2023West Ham United3Chelsea1Premier League
25/08/2023Chelsea3Luton Town0Premier League
AFC Wimbledon Team News
AFC Wimbledon captain Jake Reeves and midfield partner Armani Little were forced off in the recent draw with Forest Green Rovers.
The Dons will have to cope without their skipper for the second round as he joins defenders Paul Kalambayi (knee) and Huseyin Biler (hamstring) on the sidelines.
AFC Wimbledon's Last 5 Matches
09/08/2023AFC Wimbledon2Coventry City1League Cup
12/08/2023AFC Wimbledon1Wrexham1League Two
15/08/2023Colchester United0AFC Wimbledon2League Two
19/08/2023Sutton United0AFC Wimbledon3League Two
26/08/2023AFC Wimbledon1Forest Green Rovers1League Two
Chelsea vs. AFC Wimbledon: Odds and Predictions
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