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  1. Sinani does have 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 starts this season. He's also an excellent option as an impact sub.
  2. Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis, Byram and Aarons are all very experienced defenders and Williams has matured visibly in recent games. Gunn had a thankless task with a depleted makeshift team in front of him last time out so should do better this time. Krul will be missed for sure, but we need a back-up who's ready to step in and hopefully Gunny will seize his chance.
  3. That was the original plan when Pukki arrived, playing off Rhodes in a flexible role, pulling defenders out of position. He started scoring goals though and evolved into the lone striker role which worked well in the Championship, but less well in the PL. With Idah, the roles are more flexible but effective all the same.
  4. The Pinkun predicted line-up: Subs: Gunn, Omobamidele, Giannoulis, Rupp, Cantwell, Dowell, Lees-Melou, Tzolis, Idah That would be my choice as well.
  5. It is a decent analysis, but I suspect that it was made before our last two games. Pukki now has 4 goals in 12 games and two in the last two. The most interesting bit was how Smith might use similar tactics to Villa's first survival season, with a 4-3-3 and counter-attacking style of play. Normann's ability to progress the ball from defence up to the front 3 will be a key element along with the creativity of Gilmour and Cantwell.
  6. Wolves have had a fairly light schedule so far and still have to play Liverpool, ManCity, Chelsea and Arsenal by Boxing Day. Oh yeah, and us of course!
  7. I'm an old fart and I like it. It'll look less like a badge sewn on to the kit and the two colour design stands out like an emblem. The canary's splayed foot conveys the shape of the ball, so no lines needed.
  8. I had to give it time, but I like it as it holds together as an image better. Non canary supporters won't even notice the difference.
  9. We can only control our own performances, but as has been said, we've played our toughest games in this half of the season, but others haven't. Leeds still have to play ManCity, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool before Boxing Day. Newcastle have to play Arsenal, Liverpool, ManCity and ManUtd. Watford have to play ManCity, West Ham and Chelsea. Villa have to play ManCity, Liverpool and Chelsea. Brentford have yet to play Spurs, ManUtd and ManCity Those games could help our position at the halfway point.
  10. Beating 6th place Wolves is a bigger task than beating Villa IMO.
  11. I also think that 36 points will be enough but it also depends on how the teams around us do. Brentford started with a lot of adrenalin from their first promotion and then a first day win over Arsenal when the gunners were in a mess. Ten days ago they were 10 points ahead of us and now it's down to 5 points. They've taken 1 point from the last 5 games whereas we've taken 7 from our last five and 6 from the last 2 games. Momentum is worth a lot and we need to continue our unbeaten run as long as we can. If we can get up to 16-18 points by 19 games we should have a reasonable chance of survival.
  12. 1-1 now. Byram played the first half and apparently looked lovely. Their equaliser came after he left.
  13. Certainly the theme at the presser was that of no radical changes, but that's not surprising given Smith's preference for variations on a 4-3-3. Against Brentford our 4-3-3 morphed into a 4-2-3-1 when we had the ball and moved forward in attack.There are plenty of tweaks Smith can bring in to enhance those formations, including drills to snap back defensively more quickly when the ball is lost. He could also bring in tweaks to play the ball out of defence more quickly rather than playing safe to keep possession. It may not look drastically different, but adding a sharpness that could make all the difference. Lineup similar, with Gilmour and Cantwell coming off the bench earlier for McLean and Dowell. Three games in a week would be a big ask for Billy and Todd lacks match fitness. If we're chasing the game, then we could see Tzolis and Idah brought on. That's my guess anyway.
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