Biggest game of the season so far. A loss would be disastrous to our survival hopes and confidence would be shot going two further important games. However, I think we’ll win this and gain some confidence for the festive period.
Not sure how true the McGinn injury is, but he’s clearly been below standard for weeks and needs a breather. Do we need Nakamba’s defensive qualities here? I’m not so sure and think we should take the game to Southampton.
Finally, I just cannot see how we can leave Kodjia out for this one? Whether we credit him with 2 or 3 goals last night, if he doesn’t gain a spot now, then what motivation should he or others have to perform and earn a spot? He deserves a start at least.
Guilbert Engels Hause Targett
El Ghazi Kodjia Grealish
Subs: Nyland, Konsa, Taylor, Nakamba, McGinn, Trez, Wesley
Edit - damn, I forgot about Jota and he should make the 18 really. Happy for someone to go from the above!