Short one today as I’ve not got much time.
After a tremendous week, it’s back to the league, and while Wigan may feel like a comedown, it’s an equally important game. Win, and we have the psychological advantage of a four point lead over United, who are tied up with the FA Cup. Drop points, and they’ll know their game in hand can see them go top. It’s big.
Walcott and Diaby have picked up knocks this week, and none of the injured parties are now available, so Rosicky, Toure and co all stay at home. Van Persie is still in the same position he was in on Tuesday – available but short of match practice, but he may start regardless, especially with 4-5-1 rendered impossible due to not having five fit midfielders.
But I’d expect a team of Almunia-Clichy-Gallas-Senderos-Sagna-Hleb-Gilberto-Flamini-Cesc-Bendtner-Adebayor with Van Persie coming off the bench. The pitch at the JJB is appalling, so it probably isn’t the best game for the Dutchman’s return.
I’m off to the States on Sunday, so will actually be in the air at the time of the match, unable to find the result until Monday. Bad planning all round.
Here’s hoping I arrive to some good news. Until then.