Another week, another road match against a potential bogey team. The revenge of Iago Aspas led to a stunning home loss at the Sanchez Pizjuan at the beginning of last season, but we crushed them 4-0 at home in the Copa del Rey semifinal and managed two draws in our two trips to Balaidos last season.
Progress to the Round of 16 allows us to focus on the league for the next couple months, and hopefully less rotation leads to more consistency. I really hope Sampaoli uses this time to give Ben Yedder a chance to claim the starting striker spot. We need to see if he can handle that role or if a big money striker purchase is necessary in January.
Sampaoli is going with a fairly strong attacking lineup with the aforementioned Ben Yedder earning the start after a nice cameo in Lyon. Mudo really needs to show something. I know I’m not the only one who thinks Kiyotake should be given the opportunity in his role.
Bench: Sirigu, Kolo, Kiyotake, Kranevitter, Iborra, Tucu, Vietto
How pointless was that Sirigu loan on a scale from Cheryshev to Mbia? Has he played more than one match since he gave Aduriz that love tap. Are we gonna send him back to Emery in January?