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this is a winnable game here.  we are still undefeated we have to go in and play our game.  sadly Richarlison will be out, Carlo said Kenny will be back. could be iwobi or bernard in for richarlison.  

 

                                                  Pickford

                                  Kenny Keane   Godfrey    Digne

                                                     Allan

                                          Doucoure  Gylfi

                             James               DCL      Bernard

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9 hours ago, Bailey said:

They looked the better side in the bits I saw today. Chelsea just have some great players that can pull something out of their arse when it matters. They do also have Kepa though so it balances out.

Chelsea were dominant in the 1st half. They do have a solid team though. With no Richie it’ll be a tough game. 

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I’d like to see bernard come into the line up on the left. James is looking to switch it instantly and Bernard could play it around nicely to release Digne. Need to get crosses in the box for DCL because he his red hot. Wouldn’t even mind going 3 at the back with Godfrey in allowing Digne to be further up.

                    Pickford

     Godfrey    Mina     Keane 

Iwobi     Allan    Doucoure    Digne

      James                     Bernard

                       DCL 

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Agent Walcott helped nick a point off Chelsea yesterday so will be a bit of a loss for them as he can't play against his parent club.

Someone mentioned Mina may have struggled due to the flight back from South America so I'd give him the benefit of doubt and see how he gets on with Godfrey waiting on the wings. Gomes deserves to be dropped and Iwobi has been the most used sub so I'd expect him to come in for this one, could easily be Davies or Sig instead. Davies to fill in at right back unless Kenny is fully fit. 

Pickford

Davies Keane Mina Digne

Allan 

Iwobi James Doucoure Bernard

DCL

 

 

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On 19/10/2020 at 06:34, Aidan said:

I doubt we will... But maybe we could see Simms on the bench with the absence of Richarlison meaning we have no natural back up for the CF position. Probably play Gordon, Iwobi or James there in that event though. 

I think Gordon will come in for him. Weird but I have seen Iwobi play as last man for us this year so I’m sure Carlo has something in store.

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On 18/10/2020 at 17:27, pete0 said:

Agent Walcott helped nick a point off Chelsea yesterday so will be a bit of a loss for them as he can't play against his parent club.

Someone mentioned Mina may have struggled due to the flight back from South America so I'd give him the benefit of doubt and see how he gets on with Godfrey waiting on the wings. Gomes deserves to be dropped and Iwobi has been the most used sub so I'd expect him to come in for this one, could easily be Davies or Sig instead. Davies to fill in at right back unless Kenny is fully fit. 

Pickford

Davies Keane Mina Digne

Allan 

Iwobi James Doucoure Bernard

DCL

 

 

Be disappointed to see Tom put in there at right back after godfrey did so well. Tom may however do a better job in the opposition half. Maybe Carlo will change the system for this one, possibly even a 3 man defence as Btay suggested. The only trouble with that is we could lack those runs richarlison makes from the wide position to free up Digne on the left. 

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1 hour ago, Aidan said:

Be disappointed to see Tom put in there at right back after godfrey did so well. Tom may however do a better job in the opposition half. Maybe Carlo will change the system for this one, possibly even a 3 man defence as Btay suggested. The only trouble with that is we could lack those runs richarlison makes from the wide position to free up Digne on the left. 

I weren't too keen on Godfrey at right back. His positioning was frightening at times leaving big spaces and backing off a bit too much. I'm assuming he was picked more to combat the pace and strength of Mane. Can't be arsed checking but I'd also assume that was his first game at right back so all things considered he done well.

That said soton won't be giving either player as much as a tough time so whoever gets picked should be okay.

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11 hours ago, Aidan said:

Be disappointed to see Tom put in there at right back after godfrey did so well. Tom may however do a better job in the opposition half. Maybe Carlo will change the system for this one, possibly even a 3 man defence as Btay suggested. The only trouble with that is we could lack those runs richarlison makes from the wide position to free up Digne on the left. 

Won’t have those runs regardless as Richarlison is suspended hence Bernard to free up Digne as our next best outlet on the left 

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Bernard doesn't seem to be favoured by Ancelotti and he prefers to play Iwobi but personally I'd say the most natural replacement is Bernard.  He has pace, flare and skills to work the wing and come inside.  He's not as much of a goal threat as Richarlison but is certainly capable of opening up space and and setting up DCL.  Like Richarilson he works hard around the pitch too, putting in dodgy tackles in an attempt to help out defense!

I'd go with the same line up but put Bernard and Kenny in.

Gomes could also be swapped for Sigurdson but depends how Ancelotti is feeling after watching Gomes in training for a week since the last game.

 

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