The fullback was not risked in either the EFL Cup tie against Norwich or in yesterday's defeat to Bournemouth, with Ramiro Funes Mori and then Bryan Oviedo deputising in the two games.
While the injury isn't thought to be serious, Ronald Koeman said it will be a "close call" for Baines to make it for the televised clash against the Eagles in five days' time.
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1 Posted 25/09/2016 at 10:38:18
I would be tempted to go with three centre-backs like at the start of the season and play Coleman and Oviedo as wingbacks and give Lukaku support up top. It would allow us to switch from 5-3-2 to 3-5-2 depending on the game. One of Mirallas, Valencia or Deulofeu can partner Lukaku.
Barkley could do with a couple of games on the bench, imo.
2 Posted 25/09/2016 at 12:59:33
A Stanley Park bench springs to mind, and he's not alone there.
You can understand one or two players having an 'off day', but basically it was almost the entire team, for two matches on the trot!
Just when you think they are going somewhere, they revert back to being mediocre at best.
I will be very surprised to see them beat Palace at the weekend, or am I being too, pessimistic/realsitic?
5 Posted 25/09/2016 at 17:26:47
7 Posted 25/09/2016 at 19:01:06
8 Posted 25/09/2016 at 20:52:02
9 Posted 25/09/2016 at 21:17:39
10 Posted 25/09/2016 at 22:07:20
I'm surprised that you would be surprised if we beat them.
12 Posted 26/09/2016 at 02:38:07
13 Posted 26/09/2016 at 03:33:23
That might be by telling our wingers to do a more defensive job. Or it might be by bringing Holgate or Funes Mori into a 3 and give the full backs licence to play a bit further forward.
We can't expect Oviedo to do Baines's job. He's not close to that level.
14 Posted 26/09/2016 at 05:42:54
15 Posted 26/09/2016 at 07:17:56
16 Posted 26/09/2016 at 07:55:01
17 Posted 26/09/2016 at 10:09:30
18 Posted 26/09/2016 at 10:14:34
19 Posted 26/09/2016 at 11:10:59
20 Posted 27/09/2016 at 00:39:37
Which leaves me feeling that, despite having plenty of decent left backs, were actually a bit light in that area. Unless we go back to something resembling a 4-4-2 in defence and midfield.
21 Posted 27/09/2016 at 12:01:42
22 Posted 28/09/2016 at 03:09:05
Jagielka, Williams, Funes Mori
Coleman, Barkley, Barry, Gana, Bolasie
3-5-2 when we have the ball, 5-3-2 when they have the ball.
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