Kepa the shoot-out hero again as Chelsea see off Aston Villa after scare

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saves a penalty during the shoot-out during the Carabao Cup third round match at Stamford Bridge -  Mike Egerton/PA 
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saves a penalty during the shoot-out during the Carabao Cup third round match at Stamford Bridge - Mike Egerton/PA
  • Werner gives Chelsea the lead but misses easier chance

  • Archer makes it four goals in two Carabao Cup starts

  • Arrizabalaga saves from Nakamba in the shoot-out

Kepa Arrizabalaga was Chelsea’s penalty shoot-out hero once again as the European champions survived a Carabao Cup scare against Aston Villa.

Having saved two penalties in the Uefa Super Cup shootout in August, goalkeeper Kepa saved from Marvellous Nakamba in Wednesday night’s shootout to help Chelsea book a fourth-round Carabao Cup home date against Southampton.

Once written off as a £72 million flop, Kepa, albeit still No2 to Edouard Mendy, is slowly but surely turning his Chelsea career around and rebuilding his reputation.

“Kepa is the man again,” said Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel. “He’s very strong with penalties. It helps if you have had good experiences, even in penalty shoot-outs, so we focused on that.”

Ashley Young hit the bar for Villa in the shoot-out, while Reece James scored the winning Chelsea penalty after Ben Chilwell, making his first start of the season, had also struck the crossbar.

Carabao Cup draw live: Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal learn their fate after third-round victories - Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Carabao Cup draw live: Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal learn their fate after third-round victories - Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Goals from Timo Werner and Villa teenager Cameron Archer plus a combination of Kepa’s saves and poor finishing from both sides prevented a winner in 90 minutes.

Villa fan Prince William had celebrated wildly in the Stamford Bridge stands when Archer had scored his fourth goal in the competition to level the scores.

Archer was rewarded for his hat-trick in the previous round against Barrow with a start at Stamford Bridge. And the striker should have added another two Carabao Cup goals to his tally in a first-half in which Villa created the better chances.

In just the eighth minute, Frenchman Morgan Sanson, another of Villa’s nine changes, put a perfect ball through for Archer, who just had Kepa to beat. But as the Chelsea goalkeeper raced off his line, Archer lifted the ball over the crossbar.

Former Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore enjoyed his evening against home debutant Malang Sarr and sent over a cross-field pass that left Archer with just Kepa to beat again.

Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridg -  Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridg - Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

This time, the Spaniard made a good save and Anwar El Ghazi’s goal-bound follow up was cleared off the line by James. Kepa also had to be alert to stop a shot from Traore low down to his left.

Just as he was against Villa in the Premier League, Saul Niguez was off the pace during the opening 45 minutes. He headed an N’Golo Kante cross well wide and Hakim Ziyech tested Jed Steer with a low shot.

For the third game running, Tuchel made a half-time change with Mason Mount replacing Kante in midfield and taking the captain’s armband off the France international.

Callum Hudson-Odoi diverted a Ziyech low cross wide at the back post and saw a shot saved by Steer, before Werner opened the scoring.

The German’s headed 54th-minute goal was put on a plate for him by a superb cross from James and Werner should have doubled his and Chelsea’s tally a minute or so later.

Ziyech sent Werner through on goal with a lovely pass, but this time he shot wide of the far post.

And Villa punished that miss, as Archer found the back of the net with the hardest of his three great chances. Matt Cash swung in a great cross from the right and the youngster powered a bullet header off the underside of the bar and into the net.

Prince William was almost on his feet again, when Kepa saved from El Ghazi and then Traore.

Mount somehow missed what looked like a certain goal, rolling the ball wide, from a Ruben Loftus-Cheek back-heel, before Emi Buendia missed a similarly good chance from a Cash cut-back and Kortney Hause made a superb tackle in his own area to deny Romelu Lukaku, who had been sent on as a late substitute by Tuchel.

As it happened

09:11 PM

That draw in full

  • Chelsea vs Southampton

  • Arsenal vs Leeds

  • Stoke City vs Brentford

  • West Ham vs Manchester City

  • Leicester City vs Brighton

  • Burnley vs Tottenham

  • QPR vs Sunderland

  • Preston North End vs Liverpool

Ties to be played week commencing Oct 25.

09:10 PM

Last one

Preston North End vs Liverpool

09:09 PM

Penultimate tie

QPR vs Sunderland

09:09 PM

Next one

Burnley vs Tottenham

09:09 PM

Tie No5

Leicester City vs Brighton

09:08 PM

Tie 4

West Ham vs Manchester City

09:08 PM

Tie 3

Stoke City vs Brentford

09:07 PM

Next up

Arsenal vs Leeds

09:07 PM

Fourth-round draw

Ties to be played week beginning October 25.

Chelsea vs Southampton

09:04 PM

Carabao Cup fourth-round draw

The app is playing up, not for the first time.

09:01 PM

Harry Redknapp and Micah Richards will do the honours

But first, naturally, a commercial break.

08:58 PM

We'll move on to the draw

In the hat:

Leeds, Manchester City, Liverpool, Brentford, Burnley, Preston, QPR, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland, Chelsea, Brighton, Leicester, West Ham, Spurs and Arsenal.

08:54 PM

Chelsea go through as do Tottenham at Molineux

Nail-biters both.

08:54 PM

James to win it

And he does.

Villa 3-4 Chelsea.

08:53 PM

Buendia with the fifth

Scores. Bittom right corner. On we go.

Villa 3-3 Chelsea

08:53 PM

Chilwell to win it for Chelsea

No! Hits the bar.

Villa 2-3 Chelsea after four each.

08:52 PM

Konsa goes next

And scores, top right.

Villa 2-3 Chelsea

08:51 PM

Ross Barkley walks up

Scores, bottom right.

Villa 1-3 Chelsea after three apiece.

08:51 PM

Nakamba comes forward

Saved! Kepa dives bottom left to claw it away with his right hand.

Villa 1-2 Chelsea.

08:50 PM

At Molineux

It's 1-1 after a pen each.

08:49 PM

Mount steps up

And scores.

Villa 1-2 Chelsea.

08:49 PM

Ashley Young

Misses! Hits the bar.

Villa 1-1 Chelsea.

08:48 PM

Lukaku next for Chelsea

Scores, bottom right.

Villa 1-1 Chelsea

08:47 PM

El Ghazi first

Scores - Villa 1 Chelsea 0 pens

Top right corner.

08:46 PM

Ashley Young

Has got the hump about the coin toss which is repeated twice after the first one for some reason. Villa will go first.

08:44 PM

Almost impossible to blog two simultaneous penalty shoot-outs

So we will focus on Chelsea-Villa with updates from Wolves-Spurs.

08:42 PM

Final whistle

At Molineux: Wolves 2-2 Spurs.

Pens to follow.

08:42 PM

Final whistle

At Stamford Bridge: Chelsea 1-1 Villa. penalties beckon.

08:41 PM

Still playing at Stamford Bridge and Molineux

Deep into stoppage time at both.

08:40 PM

Full time

Manchester United 0-1 West Ham

08:38 PM

Full-time

Arsenal 3-0 Wimbledon

08:38 PM

Full-time

Millwall 0-2 Leicester

We're heading for pens at Molineux and Stamford Bridge.

08:34 PM

Chance for Chelsea sub Lukaku

Who raced into the box ahead of Hause but uncharacteristically dithered for just a second and the centre-half made a fantastic sliding tackle to hook it away.

08:33 PM

Iheanacho notches

Glorious finish from Kelechi Iheanacho from 20 yards to rifle a left-foot shot into the top-left corner.

08:32 PM

GOAL!!

Millwall 0-2 Leicester (Iheanacho)

08:32 PM

Cameron Archer's equaliser

Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round match - Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores his side's equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round match - Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images
 Aston Villa Christian Purslow with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, an Aston Villa fan, as they react after Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores a goal to make it 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round - Robin Jones/Getty Images
Aston Villa Christian Purslow with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, an Aston Villa fan, as they react after Cameron Archer of Aston Villa scores a goal to make it 1-1 during the Carabao Cup Third Round - Robin Jones/Getty Images

08:26 PM

Another Arsenal goal from the right

Terrific Nketiah finish with a drag-back heel from Cedric's cross after Sambi Lokonga and Smith Rowe combined to send the Portugal defender into the box down the right.

08:24 PM

GOAL!!

Arsenal 3-0 Wimbledon (Nketiah)

08:23 PM

Result

Brighton 2-0 Swansea

Into the last 16 for the former Dolphins, who have knocked out both Cardiff and Swansea. Seagulls > Bluebirds and Swans.

08:22 PM

Smith Rowe comes off the bench to score

Some soft-shoe shuffling in the box as Arsenal pass it out to the right and, after Saka's shot is blocked, the ball is worked back to Smith Rowe to sweep home a side-foot shot from 10 yards.

08:21 PM

GOAL!!

Arsenal 2-0 Wimbledon (Smith Rowe)

08:18 PM

Cameron Archer's biggest fan

Prince William celebrates Aston Villa's first goal scored by Cameron Archer  - Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 
Prince William celebrates Aston Villa's first goal scored by Cameron Archer - Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

08:16 PM

Chelsea almost take the lead

Deep cross from the right, flicked on to Loftus-Cheek and the elegant midfielder takes a touch then back-heels to Mount who drills a right-foot daisycutter of a shot from the left of the area inches past the right post.

08:15 PM

Another chance at the Bridge

And it fell to Villa. Good footwork from the substitute Jayden Philogene-Bidace to hold off Chalobah, turn and slip a pass down the left of the box for El Ghazi who hammers a shot into Kepa's chest. Had he gone lower he would surely have scored.

08:11 PM

Third time lucky for Cameron Archer

Sweeping move up the Villa right and Cash arcs over a wonderful cross. Archer pulls away from Sarr and twists his neck to bury the header from 12 yards.

08:10 PM

GOAL!!!

Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa (Archer)

08:08 PM

Introduction of Traore has spooked Tottenham

He has been terrorising Spurs down the Wolves right but this goal comes down the left when Dendoncker exploits some dozy Tottenham control and plays in Podence cutting in from the left to shoot with his right and thrash it unstoppably past Gollini.

08:05 PM

Goal!!

Wolves 2-2 Spurs (Podence)

08:05 PM

First picture of Werner's goal

Timo Werner - Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
Timo Werner - Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

08:03 PM

Werner, the good and the bad

Great back-post header from James's cross after Hudson-Odoi backheeled to Ziyech who rolled it into James' path. His cross was perfectly precise, parting Tuanzebe's hair to arrive at Werner to score his first goal of the season.

A minute later Werner snatches at a back-post chance and the score stays within Villa's reach.

08:00 PM

GOAL!!!

Chelsea 1-0 Villa (Werner)

08:00 PM

At Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel has withdrawn N'Golo Kante and sent on Mason Mount. Chelsea fashion an opportunity quickly through Hudson-Odoi cutting in from the right to smack a shot that Steer saves and Werner isn't quick enough to pounce on the rebound.

07:58 PM

Look ma, it's Lookman

A first Leicester goal for the winger who joined on loan from RB Leipzig.

07:56 PM

GOAL!!!

Milwall 0-1 Leicester (Lookman)

07:55 PM

Big chance for Wolves

After clever work from Hoever down the right to beat Davies, get to the byline and ping over a low cross that Hwang lunges to meet at the near post but can't turn his prodded/flicked shot on target.

07:53 PM

Here's Kepa's save from Cameron Archer

Cameron Archer of Aston Villa has an effort saved by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridg - James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images
Cameron Archer of Aston Villa has an effort saved by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridg - James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

And Chilwell heads into and out of the crowd

Ben Chilwell of Chelsea falls into the backroom staff during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge - Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Ben Chilwell of Chelsea falls into the backroom staff during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge - Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

07:41 PM

Play has resumed at the Amex

And Swansea should be level - Cullen hitting the bar and Steele tipping Whittaker's shot behind.

Tariq Lamptey, as planned, has gone off after the first half after almost a year out injured.

07:36 PM

Half-time scores

  • Brighton 2-0 Swansea (7.30pm)

  • Arsenal 1-0 AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm)

  • Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa (7.45pm)

  • Millwall 0-0 Leicester City (7.45pm)

  • Wolves 1-2 Spurs (7.45pm)

07:33 PM

Good save from Kepa

Cameron Archer slips down the inside-left, drops his shoulder and shoots and the world's costliest keeper saves it smartly with his arm and James clears El Gahzi's effort from the rebound off the line.

07:32 PM

Chance for Spurs

Tanganga makes a rangy run from halfway after winning the ball back, plays a give-and-go with Kane but then blazes it over from a tight angle.

07:31 PM

Villa injury

French midfielder Morgan Sanson, whose second appearance of the season this was, cannot continue and he has to be replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka.

07:27 PM

Dendoncker with a bullet

Ait-Nouri takes a corner from the right with his left, sending a booming outswinger to the back post where Dendoncker leaps to bury it past Gollina with a bullet.

Ndombele, who was marking him, got the wrong side and made a pathetic 'shut that door' leg kick-up to try to compensate, utterly inc0nsequentially.

07:25 PM

GOAL!!!

Wolves 1-2 Tottenham (Dendoncker)

07:21 PM

It's such a dull game at Stamford Bridge

That the TV cameras keep peeling away from the action to pick out the Duke of Cambridge cheering on the Villa in the crowd.

07:20 PM

Connolly spurns a hat-trick chance

Moder, the Poland midfielder, skips down the right and rolls a pass inside for Connolly 15 yards out on the run but his shot whistles past the post.

That's half-time at the Amex in the early kick-off.

07:16 PM

Purple and green should never be seen

Harry Kane scores his first goal in domestic competition for Tottenham this season.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur - Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur - Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

07:13 PM

Connolly does it again

And it's pretty similar bar the deflection, running on to a pass hit assuredly from centre to the inside-left. He takes it in his stride, cuts back on his right and thumps a shot into the bottom left corner.

07:12 PM

GOAL!!

Brighton 2-0 Swansea (Connolly)

07:12 PM

One of their own on the scoresheet

Fantastic finish from Harry Kane even though he is wearing the most hideous shirt. Lo Celso wins the ball back in the centre-circle, clips it up to Dele Alli who slides a pass between the two centre-backs and Kane races on to it and lashes it past the keeper from 18 yards.

07:10 PM

GOAL!!!

Wolves 0-2 Tottenham (Kane)

07:07 PM

Connolly scores for Brighton!

Aaron Connolly was sent down the left with a cute angled pass from Mac Allister. He cuts into the box to shoot with his right and the ball hits a defender who was sliding in to block and skips off his foot to go over the keeper and into the bottom right corner.

07:06 PM

GOAL!!

Brighton 1-0 Swansea (Connolly)

07:05 PM

That Arsenal penalty

Came from a foul on Gabriel Martinelli as he scampered into the area from the right and was tripped.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette scores their first goal from the penalty spot  - Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette scores their first goal from the penalty spot - Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

07:01 PM

Spurs take the lead

Fantastic tenacity to win the ball and barrel down the inside left, he forces two to bounce off him, keeping the ball with his left foot before slotting it past Ruddy at an angle from 12-15 yards.

07:00 PM

GOAL!!!

Wolves 0-1 Tottenham (Ndombele)

06:58 PM

GOAL!!!

Arsenal 1-0 Wimbledon (Lacazette, pen)

06:57 PM

Injury at Molineux

Yerson Mosquera went down off the ball and has been stretchered off in tears.

06:56 PM

Big chance for Villa

For Archer who was played in by Sanson but when he tried to dink it over the keeper, he got too far under it and chipped it over the bar.

06:52 PM

Cagey start at Stamford Bridge

With Chelsea dominating possession.

06:51 PM

Chance at Old Trafford

For Jarrod Bowen - if you want to check it out, join Jake Goodwill here.

06:50 PM

The 7.45s have kicked off

  • Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm)

  • Chelsea vs Aston Villa (7.45pm)

  • Millwall vs Leicester City (7.45pm)

  • Wolves vs Spurs (7.45pm)

And at each there was a minute's applause for Jimmy Greaves:

Former England, Tottenham and Chelsea striker, Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81 20th April 1961: Jimmy Greaves, Chelsea's inside left inspects his nine England caps - John Franks/Keystone Features/Getty Images
Former England, Tottenham and Chelsea striker, Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81 20th April 1961: Jimmy Greaves, Chelsea's inside left inspects his nine England caps - John Franks/Keystone Features/Getty Images

06:38 PM

The game is underway at the Amex Stadium

Swansea City's Liam Cullen in action with Brighton & Hove Albion's Hayden Roberts - Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Swansea City's Liam Cullen in action with Brighton & Hove Albion's Hayden Roberts - Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

06:26 PM

A view from the Bridge

Chelsea Arrizabalaga, James, Chalobah, Sarr, Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Saul, Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Ziyech.
Subs Thiago Silva, Lukaku, Bettinelli, Barkley, Mount, Havertz, Mbuyamba.

Aston Villa Steer, Cash, Tuanzebe, Hause, Young, Nakamba, Sanson, Traore, Buendia, El Ghazi, Archer.
Subs Konsa, Philogene-Bidace, Carney Chukwuemeka, Bogarde, Sinisalo, Aaron Ramsey, Caleb Chukwuemeka.

Referee Graham Scott (Oxford).

06:21 PM

Molineux welcomes ...

Wolverhampton Ruddy, Kilman, Boly, Mosquera, Hoever, Dendoncker, Neves, Ait Nouri, Daniel Podence, Silva, Hwang.
Subs Jimenez, Trincao, Coady, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho, Traore, Moulden.

Tottenham Hotspur Gollini, Sanchez, Tanganga, Romero, Davies, Ndombele, Skipp, Lo Celso, Gil Salvatierra, Alli, Kane.
Subs Doherty, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Son, Rodon, Austin, Scarlett.

Referee Peter Bankes (Merseyside).

06:17 PM

Dramatis personae at the Amex

Brighton Steele, Lamptey, Turns, Roberts, Burn, Alzate, Moder, Mwepu, Mac Allister, Connolly, Richards.
Subs Gross, Scherpen, Locadia, Leonard, Furlong, Offiah, Sarmiento.

Swansea Benda, Latibeaudiere, Cabango, Cooper, Rhys Williams, Bidwell, Fulton, Walsh, Smith, Tarrelle Whittaker, Cullen.
Subs Manning, Downes, Piroe, Rushesha, Dhanda, Webb, Laird.

Referee Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

06:15 PM

From the New Den

Millwall Long, Hutchinson, Murray Wallace, Cooper, Leonard, Pearce, Thompson, Mahoney, Mitchell, Evans, Bradshaw.
Subs Smith, Malone, Saville, Bodvarsson, Afobe, Ballard, Bialkowski.

Leicester City Ward, Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Lookman, Iheanacho, Albrighton.
Subs Barnes, Maddison, Vestergaard, Castagne, Daka, Jakupovic, Soumare.

Referee Andrew Madley (Leeds).

06:14 PM

Team news from the Emirates

Arsenal Leno, Cedric, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tavares, Maitland-Niles, Thomas, Sambi Lokonga, Lacazette, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Subs Saka, Smith-Rowe, Chambers, Elneny, Balogun, Kolasinac, Hein.

AFC Wimbledon Tzanev, Guinness-Walker, Heneghan, Nightingale, Lawrence, Woodyard, Hartigan, Rudoni, Assal, McCormick, Palmer.
Subs Csoka, Marsh, Alexander, Chislett, Mebude, Pressley, Oualah.

Referee Jarred Gillett (Australia).

05:55 PM

Old school, two columns from Millwall

05:54 PM

Iheanacho leads Leicester's line

05:52 PM

Kane captains Spurs

05:51 PM

Ruben Neves captains Wolves

05:50 PM

Here's how Wimbledon line up

05:49 PM

Run-outs for Lacazette and Nketiah for Arsenal

05:48 PM

Buendia returns for Aston Villa

05:48 PM

Starts for Saul and Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge

05:33 PM

Cabango starts for Swansea

05:32 PM

Lamptey returns for Brighton

05:02 PM

Good evening

Welcome to coverage of tonight's five third-round Carabao Cup ties that are not Manchester United vs West Ham United or, as they would be called by Paul Ince, who played for both, Mantunite and West Ham. That means we'll be covering the goal going in and all the news from:

  • Brighton vs Swansea (7.30pm)

  • Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm)

  • Chelsea vs Aston Villa (7.45pm)

  • Millwall vs Leicester City (7.45pm)

  • Wolves vs Spurs (7.45pm)

We will have all the team news as it lands, the scores, shootouts, should last night be any guide, and ultimately the fourth-round draw once it's determined who joins Leeds, Manchester City, Liverpool, Brentford, Burnley, Preston, QPR, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland in the last 16.

Chelsea, the last team outside Manchester to win it (City five, United one since 2016), will not be introducing half a dozen U23s unlike most clubs in their position - they have a formidable enough first-team squad to be able to field a host of household names who have not featured much in the Premier League this season without dipping deeper down their pyramid. But there could be rare opportunities for Ross Barkley, Malang Sarr and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Villa, who won it last in 1996, have named a provisional squad that is only two players - John McGinn and Leon Bailey - away from a normal, full-strength Premier League matchday squad. Emi Buendia, who was back from quarantine in Croatia and on the bench for the victory over Everton, is expected to start.

Ross Barkley - Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images
Ross Barkley - Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal and given that AFC Winbledon made multiple changes in the last round, Mikel Arteta is sure to anticipate that and follow suit. Nuno returns to Wolves for the second time in 30 days with both managers poised to stir up selection though Spurs, concerned with not creating enough for Harry Kane since he came back into the side, may well give the England captain a run-out.

Tariq Lamptey should make his long-awaited Brighton comeback when Graham Potter's side take on his old club Swansea in dear old Sussex by the Sea. Joel Piroe, Olivier Ntcham and Ben Cabango, who all came off the bench to help turn the tide at Luton last Saturday and secure a 3-3 draw, should start for the 2013 winners.

Shaun Hutchinson,Danny McNamara, Benik Afobe and George Evans have all returned from injury to the Millwall squad for tonight's visit of three-time winners Leicester who will rest, rotate and freshen up according to the snouts at the King Power.

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