After two disappointing defeats and a run of only one win in ten in all competitions, if we’d been given a chance to hand pick our next fixture then a lot of people would’ve gone for Swansea at home.
Serendipitously, we welcome Bob Bradley’s ‘guys’ to WHL on Saturday afternoon.
On the surface there doesn’t appear much to fear from the Swans. They started the season in a bit of a mess having lost a couple of decent players (Ayew, Williams) without replacing them and thus cutting the legs from Francesco Guidolin from the beginning. The owners responded to the inevitable crisis by appointing the well qualified on paper but untried in battle Bradley, who judging by this opposition view piece has already lost many of the fans.
‘Stop Sigurdsson and you stop Swansea ‘ said someone a few games ago and they have a point even though Fernando Llorente may well be lining up against us. Whilst he was at Bilbao Spurs sent Llorente many a come hither look (if you believe what you read) but he was unimpressed and went to Juventus instead. His career has downward spiralled since then, but he’s still a classy enough player to take advantage should we give him an inch.
We will once more field a team of Possibles and Probables. It’d be a great game for Alderweireld to make a return in but the club clearly isn’t totally happy with his progress and so shouldn’t take a chance. Same applies to Lamela. Alli & Dembele are carrying injuries that they’d be better of resting but whether we can afford to be without them is open to doubt.
Assuming Pochettino goes back to plan A we can expect to field a side something along the lines of Hugo, Walker, Rose, Dier, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Dembele/Alli/Sissoko, Winks, Son, Eriksen, Kane.
It’s a game we should feel very very confident about winning and a comfortable victory (if such a thing is possible in our current non-scoring mood) is possible it would provide a huge boost to our confidence prior to Old Trafford next weekend.
Jonathan Moss is the Ref.
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