After last week’s loss – well, it felt like a loss – it’s difficult to drum up any kind of confidence this week.
Especially when it also concerns a trip to Manchester City, where we never, ever get a result.
Diafra Sakho’s latest injury doesn’t help either, and reports this week suggest Carlton Cole will be handed a start up top. As much as I love Carlton, this isn’t what’s going to give us any more hope of leaving the Etihad Stadium with a positive result this afternoon.
Many will want Nene to be handed his first start instead, but I think we’ve all gathered by now that Allardyce isn’t keen on the Brazilian and that he was brought in by the owners rather than the manager.
So will it be Carlton Cole partnering Enner Valencia up top? Who knows. Here’s how we think we’ll be lining up against City this afternoon…