There they are. Both teams in 4-2-3-1 formations and likely to cancel each other out. I can see this one being mostly contested in the midfield, lots of energy and intent to win the ball resulting in plenty of free-kicks, and a very low scoring match. I’m really trying to be excited about this one but it’s difficult.

Let’s think of all the good things to get on board. Gareth Bale is on the bench and might be good again after his European exploits, Jesse Lingard might want to impress his old manager. there’s always a mistake in Eric Dier which can lead to goalscoring opportunities, and Antonio is a thoroughly underrated striker who will be ready to exploit those errors should they occur.

Kick off is at 12pm so grab another coffee and read along as I bring you live updates throughout. 


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