Brighton & Hove Albion head into their EFL Cup third-round tie with Swansea City looking to build on their outstanding start to the new Premier League campaign.
While the Seagulls sit in the top four of English football’s first tier, Swansea are currently down in 21st place in the Championship
If reports are to be believed, Tottenham Hotspur were among a number of clubs who opted against pulling the trigger on the appointment of Graham Potter during the summer.
However, their loss has been Brighton’s gain with Potter and his squad seemingly moving up a level over the opening five weeks of the season.
The Seagulls have been efficient over entertaining, scoring just seven goals during their four wins, but it has provided the club with the springboard for better things to come during 2021-22.
Potter has always taken a different approach to EFL Cup fixtures, naming teams completely made up of prospects and Under-23 players on many occasions.
That said, with several of the players who featured during the victory over Cardiff City last month having since gone out on loan, Potter may start to view this competition as one that his side could win.
As far as Swansea are concerned, life under new boss Russell Martin has been somewhat of a slow burner given the success of his predecessor Steve Cooper.
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However, their astonishing comeback at Luton Town could act as the catalyst that they have desperately required, the Welsh side fighting back from a three-goal half-time deficit.
Martin is unlikely to have many ambitions for this competition, but Wednesday night is a chance for some of his players to gain match fitness and play without the pressures of the second tier.
Swansea have reached this stage of the competition with comprehensive victories over Reading and Plymouth Argyle respectively