Fan Preview vs Burnley

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It’s back to league business on Saturday as we take on Burnley at WHL. Ralph Coates, Wembley in the early sixties,  Dave Thomas, Leighton James, black puddings and flat caps – smell the nostalgia. 

Last season’s semi final meetings mean that there is no way we’ll underestimate our opponents, the 4-1 scoreline from the home leg obviously doesn’t reveal Burnley’s domination before half time. Michael Dawson led the fight back in the second forty five meaning that he should have a good feeling about this weekend’s game as he prepares himself for his first league appearance of the season. Who will play alongside him is anyone’s guess at the moment. If Bassong’s knee keeps him out then Harry may be tempted to start with Huddlestone. This will allow him to play all of Big Tom, Palacios and Jenas and also keep Corluka in his preferred position at right back. Alan Hutton has had several opportunities lately and has struggled in every one, the promotion of Kyle Naughton to a spot above him in the reckoning must be becoming more likely all the time.

In goal Gomes probably did enough on Wednesday to ensure he gets his place back. Cudicini has done little wrong but the Brazilian’s extra agility has caught the eye. This is a relatively straightforward decision compared to the one about what to do on the left side of midfield. There’s also a bit of dilemma about who to play up front after all three fit strikers scored at Deepdale. Harry does like Keane and we are short of a bit of leadership on the field so it is unlikely that Robbie will get dropped. Redknapp may go down the route of moving him out to the left as against Birmingham and Man United, thus ‘solving’ both the Modric and Crouch problems in one go. Playing Niko Kranjcar would provide a more balanced team – if he doesn’t get a game soon he’ll start wondering exactly why he was bought – and Gareth Bale is fit again (but for how long?) and provides a tempting alternative. So Harry has plenty of options and after the questionable tactics employed against Man U and Chelsea, let’s hope he chooses the right one.

Burnley have yet to score away from home this season but our ‘open’ style of play means that we’ve yet to keep a clean sheet so they’ve every chance of nicking one in this game. Now that Everton and Aston Villa have found some form it’s vital that we win if we’re going to avoid getting sucked back into the pack and even with the current injury mini crisis, we should be optimistic about doing so.

By MF

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  1. Before De Santos got injured, i really hoped HR would start playing him, look at his pre-season form goals goals goals… anyway, HR will change the GK, and keep it the same, basic 4-4-2

  2. Cudicini reminds me too much of Robbo, which is bad, and I can only hope that we're back to Gomes. Occasional madness included, he's a much better keeper.

    I agree wholeheartedly re: Hutton. The guy is tosh. Can't, and often won't, defend. And when he attacks he thinks he's a better winger than Lennon.

    I hope Keane is dropped, as when he plays the opposition right-midfielder has a free-run. e.g. Fletcher, Essien.

    I would play Niko ahead of Jenas, with Bale left-mid. Crouch and Defoe upfront, the rest writes itself. I expect a convincing win, and hopefully a clean-sheet.

  3. Keane has proved undroppable, as he links thefront third with midfield. Hudd looks much better with an outlet like Keane, as opposed to Crouch. Krancjar should start on the left, but put Naughton on and leave Hutton on the bench.

  4. It would be a mistake to rate the players based on their performance against Man U and Chelsea. It must be recognised that these are the very best of the PL teams with tremendous “winning experience” both in the league and CL, and you really have to be lucky to pull a point from them. That said, Spurs is strong enough to resume its winning ways against Burnley. My bet 4 – 0 for Spurs. Spurs forever, hurray hurray hurray!

  5. would like to see kranjar given a start, he has proven premiership ability so should adapt ok, seen him few times on the left but the guy looks a decent player in the centre, and i beleive him and wilson could play well together- gotta be worth a shot to get jenas outa side! Up front i’d say crouch deserves his place along side defoe

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