There are no fresh quotes from Andre Villas-Boas following Thursday’s Europa League game but the boss was hoping that Danny Rose would be fit again and ready to take his place on the left side of defence. Danny’s return should lead to a familiar back five but what about the rest of the side?
Lewis Holtby continues to stake his claim for a starting berth but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal against Chelsea last week is likely to see the Icelander keep his slot while Andros Townsend should fight off the challenge from Erik Lamela.
Questions remain up front where Jermain Defoe’s seventh goal in eight games threatens Roberto Soldado but AVB’s comments post Anzhi suggested that the Spaniard would start.
“We have to judge recovery and the fact that JD was involved today and Soldado wasn’t,” he added.
“Everything will come into consideration.” We have been extremely happy with the performances of both. It is a question of deciding what is best for the team.”
So there may be few surprises this afternoon – here’s our prediction but what’s your view?