Our team to face Panathinaikos – what’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on October 4, 2012

We know that AVB is going to take this competition seriously because the same stories that emerged two weeks ago confirming this are all appearing again today.

That should lead to a stronger side but could the head coach be tempted to throw in the likes of Adam Smith and Andros Townsend after impressive displays at Carlisle in the league cup?

Hugo Lloris should return in goal but will Smith deputise for Kyle Walker? With no Kyle Naughton available, Jan Vertonghen should continue at left back with Dawson and Caulker at the heart of defence.

In midfield, who can be rested and who can come in? The same applies up front – AVB would probably want to rest some players but without depth in the squad and because of injuries will he get the chance?

The other issue is the attitude to this competition and defeat here would make qualification from the group a struggle. Who knows what will happen – here’s what we think but what’s your view?

041012081810 Our team to face Panathinaikos – what’s yours?


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

ChrisC CMOY October 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I would make Dawson Captain for the game – COYS


Paul October 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Smith, Dawson, caulker, jan vert

Falque, huddlestone, sigurdsson, sandro, Townsend


Subs – bale, Lennon, Defoe, dembele, cudicini


Jimbo October 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I like that.


adtheyid October 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’d give Vertonghen a rest if possible. He’s played in every game except Newcastle. cant burn him out too early


try October 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

pauls team looks about right to me.

play a slightly “weakened” side or players who are pushing for 1st team football and bring on the big boys if it goes tits up by half time (which it wont! COYS!!!)


Sheppy October 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Lloris – Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Verts – Falque, Livermore, Hudd, Townsend – Siggy – Ade


Lee October 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Ile say sheppys lineup looks about right apart from ade (think he’s still injured) and swap him for coulibally!!


Essexian76 October 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

We sold Coulibaly in August to Milan.


Hackney Hacker October 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

No we didnt you plank


SILVERSPURS October 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

NO we didn’t!


Stuff October 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

No we didn’t, dude xD


Daniel October 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

where did you get this info from? he played and scored for us against stevenage in august I was there watching, I cant see anywhere online that he’s left, anyway due to one of the rules I’m quite sure we cant use Coulibaly in this competition


Tasty fucker October 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Essexian you cock we didnt sell him at all i saw him training yesterday and i know the house he stays in with some of the other players. Stop bullshitting you idiot.


simmo October 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm







Pikey October 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

GK – Defoe
LB – Huddlestone
RB – Dempsey
CB – Lennon
CB – Townsend
LM – Gallas
RM – Dawson
CM – Loris
FL – Friedel
FR – Cudicini

Would be great no?


N14 Spur October 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Essexian76 – where did you hear that about Coulibaly? I haven’t seen or heard anything about that…

I think Sheppy has the right line-up but Defoe in for Ade (not ready apparently). Definitely think Sandro needs a rest after his performance against Man Utd, and would say the same for Vertonghen, but don’t know who else would slot in at LB…


Daniel October 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm


smith dawson caulker vert

hudd demeble

lennon dempsey townsend


I would play vert for no longer than an hour and bring walker on to play at left back for the remaining time, rest sandro and bale, maybe siggi to replace demeble instead of dempsey and faluqe to get at least a 20 min spell


TonyRich October 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Sandro may well need rest, but do it when Parker or at least Livermore comes back.


Daniel October 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’d also like to point out Smith’s performance vs Carlisle is not what I would call impressive, but walker has been very below par this season.


Blow-wave October 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

If we wanna rest vert why not

Lloris; smith dawson caulker townsend; hudd sandro; lennon siggy falque; dempsey

there ya go townsend played there (LB) last year and was at least as effective as Walker has been on the Right this year.


TonyRich October 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Wasn’t this exactly one of the most complained about things from the Redknapp era? Playing players out of position? At least Vertonghen plays LB for Belgium. Townsend is so obviously an attacking player. Townsend looked ok there last season because the whole team was weakened – so he did not stick out. Plus Harry’s system protected the full backs more than AVB’s system – where they have become fully exposed. Put Townsend there, and he could get destroyed.


Keiran October 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Smith, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen(c)
Sigurdsson, Huddlestone
Lennon, Dempsey, Townsend


SILVERSPURS October 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Smith Dawson Caulker Vert
Huddlestone Siggy
Falque Desmpsey Townsend


Truth October 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Avb out what a load of shit 1-1 with those greek pussies what a load of crap


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