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  • #1577497
    phwepsi
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    Anyone think we can win this? Draw written all over it

    #1577549

    CFC1905
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    Of course we can…

    Watched Arsenal play Palace and apart from a lively Sanchez they did little and got caught by pace. They were not much better against WBA so I think we have every chance

    Obviously we will need to be up for it and take our chances (seems like a repeat message…) but we have every reason to feel confident. Could easily see us pack the midfield and go with just Morata and Hazard up front with them looking for support from the midfield runners but I would argue we have the confidence, the ability and better quality players to go there and get a result

    Would I take a draw – probably but would still like us to go there with the intention of taking all 3 points. KTBFFH

    #1577559
    phwepsi
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    WITH arsenal being 5th and our target now 4th place finish its a game we cant reallt affort to lose as its a 6 pointer for them.

    I think if we score we have a good chance at winning. The problem is scoring even one

    #1577587
    notnice
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    this race for the CL places is really going to go to the wire, we need to win and I am not sure we can beat them after we drew with them at home. Luck is favoring the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and United this season with all those last minute goals, not a good sign for us.

    #1577669

    nine nine nine
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    One to eleven imo we’re better than Arsenal despite the last three games results. Time to prove it now but of course it won’t be easy.

    #1577672
    aindro
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    We can’t afford to lose points anymore IMO. I think this will be a win for us. Arsenal will play without Ozil and Koscielny. Probably without Kolasinac. So IMO we have to take this chance. Would it be easy? No, I am worried. But we can’t afford to lose this. We really need to win against these fellow CL spot contenders.

    Our problem is: we are not clinical, we waste too many chances. If Conte can address this: we should be good and we should compete for the 2nd place.

    #1577682

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    Unless we change our formation, we are not going to win this game. Wenger has figured out how to play against our formation and I don’t think we have won against them since we reverted to this back 5 formation ( may be once ). we cant let just Hazard and Morata up front, they need help and we have to select attack minded players. if it were up to me I would play the same formation as we did against Stoke, replacing Pedro for Hazard and Cahil for Christensen, I will leave Drink water and Kante in misfield and bring Fabregas later on if needed.( Courtois, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpi, Alonso, Moses, Kante, D Water, Willian, Hazard, Morata. )

    #1577709
    aindro
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    Zizi: we play away, we need to reinforce our central midfielder.
    My team: Courtois – Azpi, Christensen, Rudiger (even though my feeling is Cahill will get the nod) – Moses,Bakayoko,Fabregas,Kante,Alonso – Hazard,Morata.
    So the usual 3-5-2 with Fabregas to add creativity. Shame though not to play Willian as he is in good form

    #1577717
    phwepsi
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    Itll be the rigid 352 i have no doubt. Cesc will get overran by ramsey and hazard and morata will struggle to create just like we did at home. Whoever said that arsen has worked out formation out is right. I fear playing them more than spurs now. Think ozil being out is bettee for them as they will just throw a work horse in midfield which will make it harder for us . One good thing is ox Is at liverpool hes killed us past few games

    #1577735

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    Aindro, I get where your coming from but your basically selecting similar formation/team that got overrun and defeated on the few occasions we played them. we need to change things a bit and for once, I would like us to attack them….. I have watched their recent game against Liverpool and their defense was very shaky and leaky. but if we set up to populate the midfield and defend with 5 guys, then that’s a carbon copy of how we set up against them in the past and I don’t see/expect a different result. we cant afford to drop Willian for the fact that he’s currently playing better than all our midfielders including Hazard!.

    #1577748
    Romansdirtypants
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    It’s a London ding dong f***ing derby!!!! all bets are off as form goes out the window.

    Hope its a new year Cracker Jack…

    Happy new year everybody

    #1577755
    phwepsi
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    I feel the best formation and players in form would go like this

    Coutious
    Azpi christiansen rudiger
    Moses kante drinkwater alonso
    Willian morata hazard

    Willian and drinkwater dont deserve to be dropped and cesc is a risk with his pace but could come on second half. Baka is to rash atm for big games he misses big chances and makes clumsy mistakes. Willian over pedro

    #1577781
    Romansdirtypants
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    Phwepsi. That’s like putting lipstick on a pig… attempting to polish a turd, earls on a swan… bakayoko has been bed wettingly useless for us. Drink water as shocking.

    #1577784
    phwepsi
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    I’ll attemtpt to read that and assume youve just said drinkwater is shocking? Based on what? His motm performance against stoke.
    Drinkwater and kante is the best partnership we have imo

    #1577861
    aindro
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    I still believe Baka will be good for us. He needs to concentrate more, focus on the game and adapt to the pace of premiership. Moreover he needs to work on his finishing.
    But he has skills, he is big and strong.

    Hopefully we can beat Arsenal. Man Utd took over for now the 2nd place.

    #1577944

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    Our target is second place finish this season plus one of the cups. We won’t finish lower than United, Spurs,Liverpool. We have advantage over them. I don’t know how some posters have arrived in that judgement. We are playing superbly,and kept 4 cleansheets in a row. Where as Arsenal haven’t kept a cleansheet since 3 games. I think our defence is in top form. Plus our Christensen for Cahill sounds good choice. Bakayoko for Drinkwater, Hazard for Pedro. 3-4-3 for me will do a good job. My belief is that we can win the game also we can lose and draw.

    #1577954

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    For me, the only reason Arsenal played well last time was because they had come off a couple of bad performances and they needed to raise their game in a big derby. Do not believe that Wenger has tactically got the better of us, they just showed more desire on the day

    This game is far more important for them than it is for us. If they lose then we have a really nice cushion and of course they have a great home record which is really all that is keeping them in the hunt at the moment. However, they have a number of injuries and late fitness tests as well

    Regardless, we should focus on our game and take it to them. They are weak at the back and in midfield not that great although Wilshire is showing glimpses of getting back to some kind of form. The momentum is currently with us and we have few, if any, injuries to worry about

    We will create chances and so as always the mantra is the same – be patient, be focussed and take the chances that will be created. If we do that then I see no reason why we cannot come away with the 3 points. KTBFFH

    #1578070
    phwepsi
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    Cfc
    You dont think wenger has tactically got the better of us since conte joined weve played 5 theyve won 3 and drew 1. And that draw was what they were playing for. Give them credit. Theyve got the better of us now since the fa cup final theyve had one over on us. I do not want to play arsenal right now. And i also cant see us winning

    #1578096
    notnice
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    I will be very pleasantly surprised if we manage a win tonight, a draw is okay but a win would be great as we have 4 other top teams breathing on our necks for those top 4 positions which can go anyway come end of season. 2 are not making it and at the moment all 6 clubs are demanding a top 4 place as non-negotiable of course City have already made it as far as a top 4 position is concerned so that leaves 3 places for the other top 5 clubs.

    #1578122
    Luckydestiny
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    nervous for this one because it is a very important game. I know titles gone but I really want us to finish second and ahead of utd 🙂 They went to arsenal and won, if we want to go back above them we need to do the same.

    cant wait for the game, its all I am thinking about at work today 🙂

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