There’s no official team news from the club website at the time of writing but there are two significant reports from other sources regarding injury. It’s claimed that Clint Dempsey continues to struggle with the groin problem that forced him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke while Benoit Assou-Ekotto may finally be set to return after a long standing knee problem.
Andre Villas-Boas must surely be tempted to throw BAE straight back into the side and move Jan Vertonghen back into the centre to form what might even be a first choice centre back pairing with Michael Dawson.
Elsewhere, there is a suggestion that Scott Parker will start the game after two substitute appearances. With a busy holiday period ahead, it might make sense to rest Sandro but will AVB really make the switch?
The other main question is the usual one regarding formation – will the coach keep 4-4-2 or consider 4-2-3-1 away from home and bring Sigurdsson or Carroll into the equation? Would five in the midfield allow AVB to play Parker and Sandro this evening?
Here’s our prediction but what’s your view?