Samaras, Wilson, Forrest and Lustig are all doubts today. Samaras picked up a knock towards the end of the Elfsborg game and I can’t see him being risked against Ross County with the crucial return leg in Sweden in Wednesday. Boerrigter had picked up a knock too in training during the week but I hope and expect him to start in Sammy’s absence.
Matthews has missed most of pre-season but is the obvious replacement for Lustig and he needs to get a game anyway. Van Dijk is still out but Mulgrew is back in contention so presumably he will start in place of Wilson.
There’s a few options then if Forrest is to miss out. McGeouch would be a straight swap, Commons could play wider with another striker (Watt or Baldé) starting alongside Stokes or Kayal could push right with Ledley coming in centrally. I think Ledley will start for Kayal anyway so it’s just a case of whether Kayal gets retained at someone else’s expense.
Today and the Champions League qualifier second leg in Sweden next midweek are important warm up matches ahead of the big clash with Liverpool next Saturday. I’m also excited to see Boerrigter play and I hope he’s fit and involved. Kayal would hardly play wide right in a midfield four, Rocko?
Can’t believe we haven’t scored again. Very much a 4-2-3-1 and it’s working really well. Brown and Ledley completely on top and all 3 support attackers contributing really well, including Watt since he’s been on.