Well, what a cracking performance that was. After our lucky escape against Bristol City Saturday and Chelsea’s upturn in fortunes since the arrival of caretaker boss, Guus Hiddink I was a little worried about Wednesdays encounter. I did think we had enough about us to come away with a draw but I thought it would have been a back to the walls job with us sneaking a goal from a set piece maybe and holding on for dear life. How wrong was I. The players really went for it and matched Chelsea’s mega money ‘superstars’ toe for toe. What was most impressive for me was the character we showed in coming back after going behind twice. In previous seasons, I would have had little hope of us coming back like that but Pulis has generated a real camaraderie among the squad, with the players all willing to fight for one another and give their all right up until the final whistle is blown.
Up next is Southampton away. They got a very good win in midweek against one of the league’s surprise packages Watford and did wonders in keeping the deadly pairing of Ighalo and Deeney off the score sheet. They haven’t had a great first half to the season, especially considering how well they did in the last campaign, however, they still have some very dangerous players within their ranks and on their day, they are more than capable of beating anyone at St Marys. I feel though after our performance in midweek and our current form in the League we are capable of coming away with all three points Saturday and that’s exactly what I’m predicting us to do.
Below is the team I would go with for Saturdays encounter. Go through the slideshow and let me know in the comments box whether you would do anything differently. Boing boing.
Formation – 4-2-3-1
Key Player – James McClean
Prediction – 1-2 (Southampton: Long WBA: Rondon, McClean)