Maybe the question should be – what formation will we play – because if we knew that, the starting XI for this match would probably be much easier to predict.
If AVB keeps to 4-2-3-1 then the team is likely to be unchanged from the one that started at Wigan – providing that Sandro recovers from his calf niggle. There are questions over the goalkeeper and at centre forward but it would be a surprise if Villas-Boas decided to drop either Friedel or Defoe.
With 4-4-2, the choice is harder to make although Adebayor and Defoe would be obvious up front. The goalkeeper and back four would still pick themselves but what about the midfield?
Lennon and Bale would doubtless operate on the flanks which leaves the centre slots to be fought over by Dempsey, Sandro, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Huddlestone and others.
We think it’s back to 4-2-3-1 at City and this is our line up but what’s your view?