Another chance to put one over on the manic Welshman - MON is likely to play much of the team that did the job away from home at PNE, with the odd tweak (including resting those who were away on international duty and replacing Bruno). I'd personally like to see more of the 343 with Powell included that did so well away at Villa, although there are two home games to follow in quick succession (Wed v Barnsley, Sat v Brentford) that he may hold back Nick for, and go more "solid" in this one:
Collins Souttar Fox
Smith Mikel Clucas Tymon
Campbell Fletcher Powell
Smith Batth Chester Fox
Brown Oakley-Boothe Thompson McClean
Brentford to follow - where you'd hope MON plays what he considers to be his strongest XI out of that lot.
It will be interesting to see if MON does try to do something like the above and carries on changing 8 or 9 players each game. It does give them rest between games denied by the hectic fixture list, but it is hard to breed consistency and familiarity.
Davies Collins Souttar Fox Smith TOB Mikel Thomson McClean Fletcher Brown
Clucas and Powell are not in good form and I thought Tymon was poor against Birmingham. Personally I prefer Brown to Campbell because he offers more off the ball and more likely to create chances for those around him. I don't think O'Neill has settled on his first 11 yet so I'm probably way off the mark.
Be interesting if he reverts to his favourites today, McClean and Powell, both Oakley Booth and Tymon had relatively poor games against Brum, I would like to see us go there and play with the freedom we did against Villa, it's a game Mikel with his pedigree should dominate and dictate in..
51% win rate at Luton 16% at Stoke 56% back at Luton
Absolutely stark as you say. I suppose that the Luton side he left and has gone back to, does have some players with a bit of pace; something we have lacked ( and still lack) for a while. Whether that enables the “Diamond” to work I don’t know. It’s hard to see how you can go from + 50% win rate to < 17% back to >55% win rates? I would be happy if we keep a clean sheet, because 1 goal could easily beat us, 2 definitely will.
Can you imagine if MON and our lot turn up in the dreaded market stall tracksuit costumes with the yellow block pattern looking like they just stepped out of Poundland in Luton town centre and Nath is there in his best casual Barbour jacket !? :-)