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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Which side should face Millwall?


The side to face Millwall holds a bit of a selection dilemma. On one hand the need to win the game is vital and there is only one game a week, on the other is the need to give some of the squad a game to avoid dissatisfied players in the summer.

We could play the same team that faced Everton, we did after all field a strong team against Fulham in the last round to ensure there were no slip ups. Do we play Michel Vorm in goal, is there an agreement that he keeps in the Cups until a certain stage? Vorm played against Fulham, is there any reason why he shouldn't play against Millwall, who are in a lower league?

Here is the line-up from the last round:
Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies
Winks (Dembélé 79'), Wanyama
Eriksen, Dele Alli (Onomah 86'), Son Heung-Min
Kane (Sissoko 75')

Unused substitutes: Pau López, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers, Janssen

Will the side look similar? Trippier is in good form and putting in some excellent crosses so in such a game deserves a start and with Rose recovering from injury Davies can continue on the left, whether that be left-back o wing-back if we go for a back three.

Harry Winks has let nobody down and this is an ideal game to give him some more experience and let either Dembele or Wanyama a rest. Son Heung-min is often a substitute who has an impact when he comes on, again giving him game time to keep him ready should he be needed seems a sensible approach.

Does Moussa Sissoko get a start or Vincent Janssen to ensure Harry Kane doesn't get injured? There are certainly plenty of options for Pochettino to ponder.

Those changes don't significantly weaken us and the team should still be strong enough if we don't take the opposition lightly, as we did Wycombe Wanderers in an earlier round and Gent in the Europa League.


  1. Well I gotta post on this one don't I?
    Assuming a basic 3-5-2 set-up...
    Eric D....Toby A....Kevin W
    Victor W....Winks H
    Sissoko M....Alli D....Sonny
    Janssen V
    and, of course Vorm M

  2. Vorm

    60 mins to go any probs throw on Alli and Kane or 75min Don-bele/Wanyama to see out the game

    1. Wotcha they hanging?
      I can't count can I (bloody merlot)?
      Scrub Sissoko and add Tripps & Ben....
      I'm cautious given what happened against Wycombe, otherwise go for it.



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