The Double is on.
Everyone is borderline fit bar The Boy Bale and Ekotto. My mate Al is allegedly ineligible due to some old Rangers connection, but I believe this to be a ruse. He's actually in a secure unit being couselled after his Garth Crooks grilling.
Ramos we instinctively like and think this wiley fox will have our boys ready to rock come Thursday night. Whilst he took the gamble at the weekend, it was his soldiers that let him down in it's execution. My view is that he will take the route with the boys that moving on, does anyone not understand our intent for this competition?... and let's bleedin' well do the business.
Ramos has quite rightly referred to this game as "a barometer of where we can go". How more chillingly accurate could these words be? They emanate from the previous manager of the only really good team we faced in this comp last year. Mmmmn. The challenge then, is laid out to his new charges. 'We've a tournament winning squad. Are you able for another, chaps?'
My squad then:
Chimbonda Dawson King Woodgate
Lennon Jenas Malbranque O'Hara
My Bad Bet Bonanza then:
PSV first half, Spurs second is a uneasy 22/1.
Spurs to go bonkers and look like Champions, winning 3-1 is short enough at 12/1.
Tommy to come on and knock in the last goal of the game? 18/1, son.
Spot kick karma? O'Hara due a Carlingless Consolation? Anytime 5/1.