Seeing as I shall be out delivering
Conservative propaganda important information to the voters of Dagenham & Rainham on Saturday morning, I thought I had better do the Barnsley preview now 🙂
I think there might well me quite a few changes in our line-up tomorrow. Scott Parker is banned so I imagine that means a start for Mark Noble. I expect Behrami, Boa Morte and Collison to join him in midfield. There is some speculation that James Tomkins will figure in the defence. I suppose resting Matthew Upson will be read as an indication he is on his way, as he wouldn’t then be cup tied. Jonathan Spector may get a runout at right back, although I think Julien Faubert might well retain his place. Shop windows, and all that.
Up front, if Craig Bellamy isn’t in the starting eleven, I think we will all know what that may mean, although Zola could quite truthfully say he wants to give Tristan or Sears a full match. I’d like to see Freddie Sears matched with Craig Bellamy, especially as we are playing ball to feet nowadays as we have very little width.
The exciting news is that Kieron Dyer is expected to play some part tomorrow. Ideally he would start on the right wing, but I suspect a place on the bench awaits him.
So this is how I expect us to start…
Green, Ilunga, Upson, Tomkins, Faubert, Noble, Behrami, Boa Morte, Collison, Cole, Bellamy.
Barnsley are under strength as loan striker Jamie Cureton has been refused permission to play by Norwich and they have three key players our injured. Let’s hope this could be the start of a good cup run. If we can score early on, I think we’d all hope to win by two or three clear goals.