Big, big game tomorrow, and I simply cannot stop thinking of it. Sort of feel like a kid at christmas eve, just waiting for bed time.
So our first 11 is pretty much obvious, however talk of Rodwell starting has been growing over the last few days.
The back 5 is pretty obvious: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Lescott, Yobo.
The only maybe in that one is Hibbert. Jacobsen has impressed in his few matches, but I expect Hibbo as he played at Fulham, and he has had a good season when fit.
Midfield of: Neville, Osman and Pienaar is certain.
However who partners Neville in the middle. Is it Rodwell, leaving a front 2 of Cahill and Fellaini, or Cahill with Saha up front and Fellaini supporting him.
Other unlikely but possible options would could be Gosling out wide, with Osman in the middle, and Cahill and Fellaini up top. This would previde with more creativity in the middle than Rodders can provide, but as I said, this is unlikely.
There is also the option of Vaughan, has Moyes been keeping him secret, taming the lion to shock Chelsea. Pretty sure they have prepared for him this week in training. Its a wild card option, however this is also unlikely. If the match enter extra time, with Alex tired (only just recoved from injury) it would be an excellent time to introduce someone like James Vaughan. I expect:
It's basically the safe option, talk of Rodders may be leaked to change Chelsea's focus (i.e. preparing for a Cahill/Fellaini attack), but I fully expect Saha to play. He lacks movement, fitness and speed, but this just might be a game that requires 1 good finish, and he's probably the best man placed to so.
Expect Rodders and Vaughan on as subs, with the possibility of Gosling.
Fran Mitchell, Posted 29/05/2009 at 14:24:12
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1 Posted 29/05/2009 at 18:57:45
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6 Posted 30/05/2009 at 10:24:53
Then, Saha on for last 20-30 mins when their ageing squad has wilted in the heat.
Our younger, fitter squad combined with the hot weather may well count in our favour.
7 Posted 30/05/2009 at 11:45:53
8 Posted 30/05/2009 at 11:43:58
I agree that having Castillo on would benefit us, don't think Chelsea will know how to defend against him, but don't know who?d I?d take off for him.