Having played all our home games for 2018 we finish the year with away ties at Brighton and Liverpool.
Brighton is the home to many an ex-lover (as was discovered on the blog on Xmas Eve). Strange that. Must be the air.
My First Love, now residing in Brighton
Also in the strange department is the fact we are playing in a black kit – apparently our second away kit – against a team who plays in blue and white. Being an old fart I cannot understand this, are ther new rules that teams cannot use their home kit when playing away? And even if that is the case, which numpty designed a grey/black kit or for that matter, an awful peppermint outfit? Thankfully we change our kit sponsor next season.
Last season Brighton beat us at the Amex, they play good football under their very popular manager, David Wagner,and the atmosphere created by the Seagulls fans is fervent. This will not be an easy victory. But, we have finally overcome the monkey of leading at half-time. An ealry goal for the men in black would be very welcome
Our squad is suffering from a plethora of injuries, A greek chap, Holding, Catwalk, Naco, Mustafi, Mhki, Smith Rowe (Lab) and Big Danny all out; some for lengthy spells. Given the very recent and less than impressive return of Koscielny, there is clearly a need for purchases in January.
So, who remains standing? We can still put out a strong team. Terrier and Ramsey were rested at the weekend and will surely play today (unless our Welsh Wizard has already signed his transfer papers.
AMN (Cons) Sokratis Koscielny Wardrobe
Ramsey Xhaka Terrier
With the Liverpool game in a couple of days, I think PEA will be benched.
Ramsey to play in his preferred role in front of the midfield. Looking at this team it is crying out for a proper winger.
Any money spent in January will surely be on defenders, our defensive record is as bad as I can remember. We have only had 3 clean sheets this season and I do not expect another today. Brighton are a tough team at the Amex.
Don’t forget the later kick off
We need 3 points this afternoon if top 4 is remain on the horizon. Let it be So.