It’s the last chance to predict a starting XI for this season and the task would have been a lot simpler had Danny Rose not been sent off at Villa last weekend. It would more than likely have been an unchanged side once again but as it is, there is now a real question as to who plays at left back.
“We have got a problem at left-back after losing Benoit and Danny,” said Harry. “We’ve a couple of ideas and we’ll see where we go with it.”
The ‘couple of ideas’ could presumably be to drop Bale back into his original position or to slide one of the central defenders across – assuming we have any fit ones to spare.
If Gareth drops back who will make up the centre midfield? Presumably Luka will go wide on the left but unless Townsend is available (?) is there another natural left sided player?
Elsewhere, Scott Parker is said to be struggling so Sandro and Lennon are likely to continue on the right.
Logic suggests that Bale will play at left back but the fact that Harry didn’t mention it suggests otherwise. This is how it could look but what’s your view?