The starting XI is always going to be a bit of a guess at this stage of the season but with so many new faces this year the task is even harder. With Paulinho, Chadli, Soldado and Etienne Capoue in the mix, who reckons they can call our first line up 100% correctly this time?
There is some team news and AVB’s first press conference of the campaign mentioned Jan Vertonghen’s progress since picking up an injury in Hong Kong.
“Let’s wait and see on Jan,” said Andre. “He’s made good progress so there is a small chance he could make the squad.”
Villas-Boas had emerged from the Friday training sessions and he also suggested that Etienne Capoue could feature after arriving from Toulouse earlier this week.
“He’s looking extremely good. He only played 20 minutes for France so he was able to train fully today and he did very well. There have been some good signs from him,” AVB added.
Lewis Holtby and Gareth Bale are ruled out for the trip but will Andre risk Sandro and Kaboul from the start after they featured so briefly in pre-season? Another question concerns the new signings after the coach preferred to start the new boys from the bench in the last campaign?
Things will become clearer after Sunday but for now, this is our best guess – what’s your view?