I think the team will be very much ‘as you were’ this afternoon. The only possible changes would involve James Collins returning to the centre of defence and Matty Etherington coming into midfield in place of James Collison. I also expect to see Walter Lopez on the bench after his impressive outing in mid week for the reserves. It’s likely that Diego Tristan will also feature prominently from the bench having grabbed two goals in mid week also. He will now be trying to oust Carlton Cole from the team. I don’t know why, but I feel in my water that Cole will come good this afternoon. Mind you, on Sunday I the same feeling told me we would get a tonking against Chelsea!
Let’s hope we can grind a win out this afternoon. If we can get through Christmas with 6 out of 9 points we should be happy, but if we win today it will give us the perfect impetus to go and get three points from Fratton Park on Boxing Day.
I can’t go to the match today so will be watching it on Setanta.
PS There’s a good interview with Mark Noble in the DAILY MAIL today, which is well worth a read.