There’s no confirmed team news from the club as yet but there didn’t appear to be any further injury concerns after our 5-0 win in Tbilisi on Thursday night. That should leave Gareth Bale and Sandro as the only likely absentees and while Lewis Holtby was impressive in 82 minutes for the Under 21s last night, he should need more of a break before becoming available for senior action once again.

Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen and Aaron Lennon were kept at home for Thursday’s game but the move was a precautionary one with Andre Villas-Boas hoping both would be available for the arrival of Swansea.

There may just be a question of formation – will AVB stick with 4-2-3-1 or will he introduce a second striker for our first home game of the season?

The biggest question in terms of personnel concerns Andros Townsend after his brilliant display against admittedly weak Georgian opposition. Will Andre throw him in in place of Nacer Chadli and could Chadli himself switch to the right in place of Lennon?

Here’s how we think it will look but what’s your view?



  1. Lloris-
    Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose
    Paulinho, Dembele
    Townsed, Siggurdson, Chadli
    subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Holtby, Sandro, Kaboul, Lennon, Defoe

    Lennon was pretty poor against palace. I think Townsend will offer more delivery even on the right. Remember Chadli can play behind Soldado so this gives a bit more flexibility.

  2. Lloris
    Walker Dawson Kaboul Vertonghen
    Paulinho Sandro
    Lennon Sigurdsson Chadli

    Of what’s at the club without Bale the best 4231 available.

  3. Lloris;
    Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose;
    Capoue, Paulinho;
    Chadli, Dembele, Townsend;
    Subs: Friedel, Defoe, Naughton, Dawson, Siggy, Lennon, Holtby.

    Kaboul to be in based on him being Capt, even with Daws on the pitch, on Thursday. Is he to be a shoe in now for most games. We have a great bench to make a difference but that team is much stronger than last year.

  4. All we need to do now it get rid of that arsenal scum bag adebayor hopefully he gets kidknapped in togo or where ever he comes from brakes my heart every tome that slag pulls the shirt on lol

  5. ………………….Lloris

    Subs: Defoe, Sigurdsson, Chadli, Sandro, Dawson
    Friedel, Naughton

  6. I’m not sure of holtby is fit but IMHO he should start I agree siggy is bit too slow and hasn’t been great so far

    Id go with



    Holtby(dembele if holtby is injured)


    Dembele needs rest this season he played so much last season and got injured few times also would
    Like to see sandro get some mins on the pitch at some point!


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