We're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't this weekend.
Lambert has just gotta go from broke, unleash Gil and Grealish in the wide areas, fire up the beast of Benteke and give Delph free reign in the middle of the park. Westwood and Sanchez can break up play nicely on their own.
I just want to see Lambert send the team out, of course with respect for Bournemouth, but also with the intent of destroying them.
Have people running in and around Benteke, have people providing crossed from near the byline, not the half way line. Have people willing to try their luck from distance should the opportunity arise....
We want to see the team use the ball well, use it with intent, use it with confidence. The season needs to turn around at some point if we're not going to be relegated, and now's the time.
Bournemouth may be flying high in the Championship, they may be scoring lots of goals, but they also let in their fair share.
Sundays game is about attitude, we need to show it.
Come on, positive vibes from now until the end of the season, we can do this....
I'm lumping on a Benteke hatrick. £5 at 40-1. Who's having a bit? We know once the kid starts scoring its very difficult to stop him... with Gil and Grealish providing threats from behind and wide it should give the Beast the space to do his thang!
*disclaimer, I am not responsible for any loss of money in bets, nor am I responsible for the searing lows we are bound to experience after another dire drab performance.
Yeah, that team you mention would be lovely alright! can't see it happening though, as i don't think that Lambert trusts Grealish defensively. You could see Cole in the team though, with it looking something like
Hutton Okore Clark Cissohko
Westwood Sanchez Delph
which actually looks quite good to me! but in reality, Gabby will be up top with Benteke and Gill in behind the two.
I wouldn't start Grealish. He showed against Blackpool that, talented though he is, he has a lot to learn. And Cole may be injured.
I think we have to go all out from the word go, not wait for 15 minutes while we work up to our first hopeful chance on goal. I'd play Weimann up front. Within the 6-yard box he's our best and only predator. Moreover he and Benteke compliment each other. And he and Gill seemed to be on the same wavelength in the last match. I'd also be tempted to work Bacuna in there somewhere but can't see an obvious player to drop.
Basically, we have to stop worrying about defence. Play it as it is, a cup tie. We need to have 90 minutes attacking their goal. What I want to see is Hutton bombing down the wing and Weimann sliding in a goal in the first minute.
Cole and Gabby both have hamstring injuries. Cole unlikely to be fit, Gabby might be (but hope not). I think Lambert will give Given an outing. So could be:
Hutton Okore Clark Cissokho (or Richardson)
Gil Westwood Sanchez Delph
Hutton Okore Clark Cissokho
Bacuna Sanchez Delph
Benteke will score goals providing he is given the service he requires - which has been sadly lacking in previous matches - as the old saying goes with regard to PL 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'
Terrible. Too much to ask any fan to take. Slow, no creativity, no spirit, players a disgrace to the club.
Enough is enough!!! Van Gaal OUT! Mourinho OUT! Pellegini OUT!
So even if we lose today it pales into insignificance compared to the Man C and Chelsea results. I actually feel a little more confident going into this one, I just hope we up the tempo.
Team: Given, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Richardson, Bacuna, Cleverley, Sanchez, Gil, Weimann, Benteke
Bench: Guzan, Baker, Westwood, Cissokho, Lowton, Burke, Grealish
Bit more radical than I expected. Bacuna should give us more going forwards. Not convinced by Cleverley instead of Westwood; would have preferred Westwood/Sanchez doing the defensive midfield bit with Bacuna/Weimann/Gil/Benteke doing the attack. Richardson may give us more going forwards.
Wonder where Delph is. Just signed a new 4.5 year deal. Great news for us. Has he been given a holiday as a reward?
At least we're seeing something different. Here's hoping. UTV.