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Jason has discussed the subject on another thread and Anzhi are absolutely no mugs. They and Zenit boast all star line ups and we can see Former Chelsea duo Lassana Diarra and Yuri Zhirkov as well as Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o. They have other great players including Boussoufa and Samba and a very interesting coaching 1-2 in Guss Hiddink/Roberto Carlos. This is as big a game as has ever been played in Anzhi history and being on channel 5 makes no odds to them! We best be 100% up for it.
Everton away on Sunday though so Brendan will be having big headaches. The one good thing is we have no travelling to do so the rest period might be short but it is a proper one.
Subs: Gulacsi, Suarez, Gerrard, Yesil, Wisdom, Skrtel, Sahin
The one switch/disagreement I'd have with yours Hobs, is that Yesil has to get the start, I'd put my money where my mouth is.. Pacheco would/could play if BR tweaks it to 4-2-3-1 like he did vs WBA in the CCup, where Dani played off Yesil and both were threatening. But considering Borini is gone and was struggling, Suarez picked up a knock and prob won't be risked, this has to be a the game where Yesil gets his start, not only for a somewhat big match, at least to me, the players and all Anzhi fans, but so he can be ready if/when called on to really do a job in the league..
I guess my other is, and sorry to point this out, unless it's just an ongoing joke/theme like I have with some things, where you're just putting him there purposely.. Joe Cole in the midfield.. Joke Cole can't (won't) imo play there, don't think he has ever done in Red that I can remember, and would be lucky to start wide, which is a reasonable shout I guess, when considering good ole Stewie is his competition..
I hate the combo of Carra/Coates, they've been borderline dreadful, and were calamaitous, or diabolical vs Udinese who may be better all around.. It's got me thinking Skrtel, with either one and he is the iron man.. question is if Skrtel did start, does BR basically say (without saying it) Jamie, your time is up, or does Coates come in.. End of my dilemma here I see in reality the 2 running in wet sand to start the match.. fingers crossed for no own goals, pks or reds.. All reasonable, sorry to say..
Big chance for Shelvey, Assaidi, Yesil, Pacheco to shine, and maybe Stewart to complete a pass, perhaps put a shot on target, raising his Jan value to 2M
Big test of the squad coming up. I think it will be a case of putting a team out that is hard to beat and then subbing on the big guns to grab some goals in the second half.
Doni?, Johnson, Gerrard, Suarez, Pacheco, Skertl, Cole
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I think it is a good shout for Allen starting over Cole in the more central role and very likely to happen. It does worry me a bit that Allen seems to play every game though!
Nobody seems to know anything of Doni anymore! I heard a Brad Jones interview where he talked about him and Gulacsi pressuring Reina for his jersey but nobody mentioned Doni and you never see him in training shots! He does seem a pointless squad player to have really.