It will be interesting to see how the players react to the disappointing performance last week against Middlesbrough. There will be two enforced changes, with Cole injured and Neill suspended. We can assume Behrami will return to midfield in place of Boa Morte as well. The right back slot ought to go to Jonathan Spector, but James Tomkins may get a start there too.
The quandary is what to do about the front two. Against Bolton you really need a big strong centre forward, possibly in a 4-5-1 formation. And I suspect that this is what Zola will do – slot Tristan into that role. Unfortunately, judging by his performance last week, he is not suited to it. However, if Savio is brought into a five man midfield, or plays just behind Tristan, we may just get away with it. Alternatively, we could go with Di Michele partnered by either Sears or Savio.
Either way, if we win and Wigan lose, we go seventh. Giddy heights indeed.
Anyway, remember to tune into Setanta Sports News at 3pm to see yours truly, and then come back here at 5pm to vote on the player performances – but only if you were at the match or managed to see it on an internet stream.
UPDATE: PA are reporting a surprise selection, with Tony Stokes lining up alongside Carlton Cole in attack. I can’t beluieve this is right. They say the team is Green, Spector, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble, Collison, Cole Stokes. Di Michele isn’t even on the bench.
UPDATE: major f *** up by PA. Di Michele is alongside Cole, not Stokes.
UPDATE: Sittin in Setanta at the moment. Going live at 3pm on Setanta Sports News, alongside Perry Groves and Viv Anderson!