After Saturday’s horror 2nd half in the derbi, this game couldn’t have come soon enough for Montella and his players. An opportunity to adopt his tactics and find a system that suits us, and hopefully gain some much needed confidence going into Sunday’s tricky away mach to Alaves.
With the close proximity of that trip to the North of Spain, it will be interesting to see who he chooses to play or rest tonight. With other La Liga clubs playing Tuesday and Wednesday in the cup, we don’t have the same luxury to play a full strength side.
With this in mind, I expect starts for guys like Carole, Mercado, Geis, Pizarro, with Muriel leading the line. It really is the time for him especially to step up and show us all that he is a serious contender to Ben Yedder. Correa is another player who has it all to play for and has been a disappointment after showing so much early promise.
Not surprisingly no squad place for our latest signing Guilherme Arana who only just arrived yesterday from Brazil and has probably still not unpacked his suitcase… and speaking of Brazil, the enigma who is PH Ganso is out again, not even in the squad. I wonder what this transfer window holds for him? According to Marca, and as we all expected, he is not in Montella’s plans. Beskitas and some Brazilian clubs are reportedly interested in his services. The only sticking point is he is under contract with us until 2021! Whatever happens I wish him all the best. It just didn’t work out for him here, and he has the potential to be a star player somewhere else.
So, after last weeks’ 2-0 victory on the south coast, a routine passage to the quarter finals of the Copa should be on the cards, but as we all know, routine is rarely what Sevilla do.
Having said that, I am going for a 4-2 victory to Sevilla on the night with the following team:
Corchia Mercado Kjaer Lenglet Carole
Sarabia Pizarro Geis Correa
What are your team and score predictions? Looking forward to reading them below