AVB suggested that Scott Parker may be involved on Sunday but having spent so long on the sidelines it’s hard to see him taking Sandro’s place on the right centre of midfield. Otherwise, injuries look set to dictate an unchanged team.

“Scott Parker has made a good recovery and there is certainly a possibility he could be involved,” Andre said.

“Gareth Bale is not an impossible scenario, but it’s very unlikely he’ll be involved.

“Benoit Assou-Ekotto is still further off, but he has joined the team. As soon as he is match fit, he will be involved.”

One option could be to switch Aaron Lennon to the left in order to free up a space on the right hand side for Scott but that seems too bizarre to contemplate.

Gylfi Sigurdsson will be pressing for a slot against his old club but overall, injuries should lead to the same starting XI from last weekend in a 4-4-2 formation.

Here’s our side but what’s your opinion?



  1. We had a good balance until Bale was injured. So I would have thought the best way to maintain that balance is to have as close to a “like-for-like” replacement as possible for Bale. Looking at our squad, I would say that’s Andros Townsend. He would have the requisite pace to push us faster forward and to track back to assist Vertonghen, having covered at left back on occasions. Unlike Dempsey or Gylfi, Townsend is a natural winger.

  2. Starting XI – Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen; Sandro, Dembele; Lennon, Adebayor, Dempsey; Defoe.

    Subs – Friedel; Gallas, BAE, Parker, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Bale.


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