Brighton v Portsmouth: early team news, form guide and big-match odds ahead of Carabao Cup clash

Pompey travel to Brighton in the second round of the Carabao Cup tonight (7.45pm).
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Here’s all the big-match information you need heading into the clash at the Amex Stadium...

Brighton team news

Graham Potter is expected to ring the changes from the Seagull’s Premier League opening-day defeat to Chelsea on Monday.

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The Brighton boss is set to hand number of his fringe players an opportunity to impress, including the likes of Dan Burn and Viktor Gyokeres.

Former Pompey target Alex Cochrane will also be hoping to get a rare first-team chance, having made only one senipr appearance.

Blues academy graduate Adam Webster is likely to be rested.

Adam Lallana (calf) and Ben White (ankle) have both been ruled out of the clash after coming off injured against Chelsea.

Pompey shake hands after their goalless draw against Shrewsbury on Saturday. Picture: Joe PeplerPompey shake hands after their goalless draw against Shrewsbury on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey shake hands after their goalless draw against Shrewsbury on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler

Predicted starting XI

Jason Steele, Joel Veltman, Haydon Roberts, Dan Burn, Bernardo, Alex Mac Allister, Dale Stephens, Davy Propper, Hayson Molumby, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Viktor Gykeres. Subs: Roberto Sanchez, Max Sanders, Alex Cochrane, Romaric Yapi, Peter Gwargis, Pascal Gross, Aaron Connolly

Pompey team news

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Pompey are hopeful Bryn Morris will be available for the trip to the Amex.

The midfielder came off with a hip injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury on the opening day of the League One season.

Kenny Jackett is optimistic Morris will make the short jaunt across the A27 to face the Premier League side, though.

The former Middlesbrough man is Pompey's only fresh injury concern.

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Alex Bass remains absent with ankle bruising, while Callum Johnson is cup-tied having played for Accrington against Burton in the competition before his switch to Fratton Park. That will mean James Bolton starts at right-back.

New-signing Michael Jacobs will be in the squad, although is unlikely to feature from the outset.

Pompey may also not risk Jack Whatmough and rest him ahead of Sunday's league trip to Rochdale.

Predicted starting XI

Craig MacGillivray, James Bolton, Jack Whatmough Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Ben Close, Ryan Williams, Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis, John Marquis.

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Subs: Duncan Turnbull, Cameron Pring, Bryn Morris, Andy Cannon, Marcus Harness, Michael Jacobs, Ellis Harrison.

Match-day odds (Bet365)

Brighton: 7/10

Pompey: 9/2

Draw:13/5

Referee

Michael Salisbury

Brighton stats

Top scorer: Leandro Trossard (1)

Most assists: Tariq Lamptey

Pompey stats

Top scorer: Marcus Harness (2)

Most assists: Ronan Curtis (2)

Form guide

Brighton (last season)

P42 W10 D14 17

Past five games (including friendlies)

L 3-1 Chelsea (A) – Premier League

D 0-0 West Brom (H) – Friendly

D 1-1 Chelsea (H) – Friendly

W 3-0 Pompey (H) – Friendly

W 2-1 Burnley (A) – Premier League

Pompey (last season)

P52 W29 D12 L11

Past five games (including friendlies)

D 0-0 Shrewsbury (H) – League One

W 2-0 Colchester (H) – EFL Trophy

W 4-0 Gosport Borough (A) – Friendly

D 3-3 Stevenage (A) – Carabao Cup (Pompey won 3-1 on penalties)

L 3-0 Brighton (A) – Friendly

Other fixtures

Tonight

Burnley v Sheffield United (5.30pm), Wolves v Stoke City (7.30pm)

Second-round results

Middlesbrough 0-2 Barnsley, Derby 1-2 Preston, Bradford 0-5 Bradord, Fleetwood 2-1 Port Vale, Newcastle 1-0 Blackburn, Burton 1-3 Aston Villa, Morecambe 1-0 Oldham, Rochdale 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Gillingham 1-1 Coventry (Gillingham win 5-4 on penalties), Reading 0-1 Luton, Newport 1-0 Cambridge, Oxford 1-1 Watford (Watford win 3-0 on penalties), Millwall 3-1 Cheltenham, West Ham 3-0 Charlton, Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace (Bournemouth win 11-10 on penalties), Leyton Orient 3-2 Plymouth Argyle, West Brom 3-0 Harrogate Town, Leeds United 1-1 Hull City (Hull City win 9-8 on penalties), Everton 3-0 Salford City, Ipswich Town 0-1 Fulha, Bristol City 4-0 Northampton, Southampton 0-2 Brentford.

A message from the Editor, Mark Waldron

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