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Mr Pink

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Aug 25, 2010
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Vicario

Porro
Romero
VDV
Udogie

Bissouma
Sarr
Maddison

Johnson
Son
Werner


Subs: Austin, Royal, Davies, Dragusin, Skipp, PEH, Bentancur, Lo Celso, Kulusevski
 

jolsnogross

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May 17, 2005
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I'd like to see us without inverted wingers. Play Johnson right and Kulusevski left. With Son up top and Maddison in the hole.

Constantly cutting in without being able to beat your man on the inside is getting tedious. And with underlapping full backs, it'd be nice to see us get to the byline far more often and efficiently.

And Villa play a high line like us, so get them turning often.
 

cjbyid

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Jan 4, 2009
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I hope nobody gets sent off on our side.

I've a feeling this game might get a bit heated.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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Mar 4, 2021
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I hope nobody gets sent off on our side.

I've a feeling this game might get a bit heated.
I suspect that the fans are more heated than the players - I hope they will also know what is riding on the outcome of the game - win, and we control our own destiny for 4th place, and a CL spot.
 

hughy

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Nov 18, 2007
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I'd like to see us without inverted wingers. Play Johnson right and Kulusevski left. With Son up top and Maddison in the hole.

Constantly cutting in without being able to beat your man on the inside is getting tedious. And with underlapping full backs, it'd be nice to see us get to the byline far more often and efficiently.

And Villa play a high line like us, so get them turning often.
No way I'd be dropping our fastest player for a game where realistically we could get in behind at will. Back four picks itself, then I'd go:

Bissouma

Deki - Maddison

Johnson - Son - Werner​
 

Archibald-CPH

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Mar 15, 2005
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Vicario

Porro-Romero-VDV-Udogie

Bissouma-Bentancur
Maddison

Johnson-Werner-Son
Sarr still with back problems.

Would still like Lo Celso instead of Bissouma
 

Yantino

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Apr 28, 2012
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Vicario

Porro
Cuti
VDV
Udogie

Bissouma
Sarr
Maddison

Kulusevski
Son
Werner

Johnson, Bentancur as options from the bench.
 

Montalbano

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Jan 29, 2018
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No way I'd be dropping our fastest player for a game where realistically we could get in behind at will. Back four picks itself, then I'd go:

Bissouma

Deki - Maddison

Johnson - Son - Werner​
This is sexy. But I would understand Ange being hesitant to start with this midfield against Villa. Deki is going to need to be very disciplined against McGinn, Luiz, etc. in midfield. Thus said, I feel better about it with Royal covering in behind rather than Porro.

I think Johnson - Son - Werner up front and dropping Kulu for Sarr is how I would start (if Sarr is fully fit). Kulu and [Richy?] off the bench will be a handful too.


Bissouma

Sarr - Maddison

Johnson - Son - Werner​
 

rossco

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Mar 24, 2005
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Hopefully Ajax give them a good game Thursday night. With Jordan Henderson pulling the strings I’m not that optimistic though.
 

DannyNZ

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Jul 3, 2017
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Our best midfield is Biss, Sarr and Maddison and that’s who we should start.

Johnson has shown his best as a sub and that’s where he should be used with Kulu starting on the left but knowing Johnson is pushing for his spot.

Werner to start, he was impressive against Palace and Son through the centre.
 

Ginola+Tonic

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Aug 27, 2021
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Porro in for Royal
Sarr in for Bentancur.

The rest the same against Palace.

Quietly confident about this game 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

bubble07

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Dec 27, 2004
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30,851
Vicario

Porro
Romero
VDV
Udogie

Bissouma
Sarr
Maddison

Johnson
Son
Werner


Subs: Austin, Royal, Davies, Dragusin, Skipp, PEH, Bentancur, Lo Celso, Kulusevski

Although I gave this a winner rating I'd rather have Johnson to come on rather than start
 

ajspurs

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Jul 7, 2007
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Vicario

Porro
Romero
VDV
Udogie

Bissouma
Sarr
Maddison

Kulusevski
Son
Werner

Basically the same as Pinky, but would still keep Kulusevski in. Only because I think he can be a good carrier of the ball as well as being better at holding it up, and both Werner and Johnson are similar in that they're more effective with their off the ball runs. Johnson may have the better impact from the bench too.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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Mar 4, 2021
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Basically the same as Pinky, but would still keep Kulusevski in.

I would split the difference - keep Kulusevski in - as a CM - and play Johnson at RW.


But, I can understand the logic of keeping Johnson as a sub, and maximizing his pace against tired leg.
 

DiamondLites

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Jul 29, 2011
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Googs

Porro Romero VDV Udogie

Sarr Bissouma Maddison

Deki Son Werner

Subs : Austin, Emerson, Dragusin, Davies, Bentancur, Lo Celso, Johnson, Richy (Scarlett)

It’s tempting to start Johnson but we miss Deki’s ball retention, physicality and work rate when we he’s not in the XI
 
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