Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Howe will have to pick 'n mix for WBA match

If there was one slightly annoying thing about winning away so comprehensively against Birmingham, it was the knowledge that Steve Cook and Harry Arter would not be able to play a part in the next match having both reached five cautions for the season. Some may say that the players were keen to get their suspensions out of the way with the League Cup match, but I am not certain that was the case. Still I can see the advantages of getting those suspensions out of the way. Eddie also has the dilemma of whether to bring back Yann Kermorgant. It is at times like this that the size of the squad is going to be fully-utilised and it is likely that some of the players that have done so well in the Capital One Cup will be given the opportunity to continue in the Fourth round.
Junior Stanislas is perhaps one we will see line up against WBA.
That means Baily Cargill having just signed a new contract is expected to come in for Steve Cook and Dan Gosling is the clear favourite for Arter's position - can he possibly keep his record of a goal in every round?Junior Stanislas may replace Matt Ricthe and Eunan' O'Kane could also feature if Eddie wants some cover in front of the back four. There could be places on the bench for Shaun MacDonald as Andrew Surman is cup-tied, and while I would love to see Joe Partington who is said to be training, I expect Adam Smith and Ian Harte will provide defensive cover. It is up front where Eddie Howe will be thinking what is best to do. If we follow his logical thought process so far this season, it will be Brett Pitman and Tokelo Rantie to start, and having seen them both do well I think the home crowd would like that as long as Callum or Yann was available to come on if needed.
It looks like Cook is ready to give his shirt to someone.
Lee Camp could also be back in the side as he will be desperate to play his part in the team again. Artur Boruc unlikely to relinquish his number one spot anytime soon. Lee also needs to remind everyone that he is also a great keeper. It has been difficult for Eddie Howe to keep rotating the team, but this game gives him a good opportunity to try a few new things and if the players can come away with a win they will start to feel that Wembley might not be quite such a bad place to see a red flag flying high in the sky!

Enjoy the game tonight. Anything is possible, but I don't suppose anyone fancies the odds of an 8-0 win do they?

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