Date: 18th November 2017 at 10:35am
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Out injured or missing for us: Jamaal Lascelles, Mikel Merino, Paul Dummett and Christian Atsu.

Back for them and on the bench at the least: Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Rojo

The game is obviously as big as they come and looks a very difficult one on paper with them winning all five of their home games without conceding a goal in the process but there’s plenty of incentive.

The pressure is off to a high extent and at the minimum, becoming the first team to score there would be a hell of a boost for an attack that has been powder puff so far for us. Joselu being our highest scoring striker with just two goals.

With injuries mounting up, sometimes a change can be forced and with less planning for us to know what to do properly, it could mess with Mourinho’s tactical homework. Some players that were either off form or not expected to be picked could then boost their career with a wonder performance.

The likes of Jacob Murphy, who seems to have a confidence issue when the pressure is on, may see themselves thrown in today with a message to go out and show people what they can do. It’s not really a free fixture as there are things that could damage any sort of momentum but it’s a game that we’re expected to lose, so a good performance will increase it.

I personally still see us losing but I think we can score. If I could fathom some sort of random guess then I wonder if Rafa will stick Chancel Mbemba in the anchor role tomorrow with Hayden and Shelvey as the head of it?

Packing the midfield with an organised defence will most likely be the plan again but it would be so ironic if Rafa did a Mourinho on them and we nicked something.

 
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