Game Week 10 Preparations – What We Learned From The Carabao Cup
With player rotations being the main talking point to come from last week’s action the question on most people’s lips as we head in to GW10 is who will start? With Jesus and Sterling among the main offenders when it came to last weekend, all eyes were on Tuesday’s starting line ups to see if we could start to second guess the game week 10 starting line-ups.
Here we will summarise what we can take from each of the big ownership teams from the midweek fixtures. This article will be added to as the week goes on.
As we expected, Arsene Wenger shuffled his entire pack for the visit of Norwich City with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott among the notable starters. This means that (as we expected) Arsenal will have a completely fresh 11 on Saturday when they face Swansea, with the South Wales side also being in action on Tuesday.
Arsenal looked to be heading out of the competition and needed extra time to beat the Canaries after a substitute Nketiah scored in the 85th minute to level the game. He then went on to score in extra time to win the game. Despite playing 120 minutes of football, Arsenal should be fine for the weekend as they will likely field the same 11 that played at Everton last weekend.
Swansea themselves made 8 changes for the clash with Manchester United with just Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson and Jordan Ayew taking to the field from the team that was beaten by Leicester at the weekend. This means that the game with Arsenal will probably still just about favour the Gunners but both teams should be relatively fresh.
Swansea don’t have the squad depth of their GW10 rivals and as such were forced in to bringing Fer, Abraham and Naughton in to the game during a 2-0 defeat to Man Utd. Olsson also picked up what looks like a hamstring injury so keep an eye on that one if you have him.
Mourinho himself upset a few managers with his team selection at the weekend and it didn’t go quite so well for him as he was forced to bring Mkhitaryan and Rashford on at half time – the latter started against Swansea meaning he is more likely to be rested again at the weekend whereas a very strong bench that included Lukaku, Matic, Mkhitaryan and notably Phil Jones (who hobbled off in GW9) meant that they were able to call upon experience if needed.
United made light work of 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium with Jesse Lingard impressing with a brace of goals. Martial played the who game and is therefore likely to start from the bench against Spurs and surprisingly Lukaku and Matic came on to play 23 minutes each despite the game being comfortable at this stage – neither did much to impress in that time.
The one that everyone was waiting for was the Man City team news as managers will be sweating on whether Jesus (or Aguero) will be starting in GW10. That question could hardly be more difficult to answer as Pep decided to make 9 changes but retain Aguero (which he had eluded to) and start Sterling and Jesus.
The Brazilian getting the start was perhaps the most surprising although lets be clear… this doesn’t mean both won’t start at the weekend when the travel to the Hawthorns for a tough fixture against West Brom.
The bench was strong with Walker, Stones, KDB and Sane all amongst the subs whilst David Silva was given a complete rest meaning he is most likely to continue his run of playing in every game this season at the weekend.
Wolves held Man City to a goalless draw for 120 minutes and might be upset not to have won the game after having some good clear cut chances. The biggest disappointment for many managers will be that Aguero played the full 120 minutes and could well drop down to the bench for the trip to West Brom. Jesus was subbed before the 90 minute mark (82) and as such will be hopeful of a start at the Hawthorns. That being said, we think Aguero is more likely to play in the GW10 fixture than Raheem Sterling who also played the full game and is much more prone to rotation than Aguero.
It does look like Pep is trying to get his two strikers playing in the same team again but the away trip to Napoli next Wednesday could be the deciding factor in just how much time Peps stars get this weekend,
A Wednesday night cup game at Wembley could mean only one thing, Spurs were going out of the League Cup. Just after dispelling the Wembley curse with a thrashing of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspurs fortunes returned to despair at home with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of previously hapless West Ham. Pochettino rang the changes for the home side but still fielded an extremely strong side that included Dele Alli, Alderweireld, Davies, Trippier, Sissoko, Rose, Son and Dier. West Ham on the other hand made several changes but managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit with goals from Ogbonna and man of the match Andre Ayew.
The hosts looked in control only to hit the self destruct button but it is likely to have little impact on their league form as they prepare to welcome Man Utd this weekend – that being said they will certainly have players who are somewhat less fresh playing in the game.
West Ham by contrast will see this result as just what they need as they look to overturn a dire run of form and save the managers job in the process. Still, if they do lose to Crystal Palace who themselves were well beaten in the week then it could be time for a fresh face to reinvigorate this side.
Both Chelsea and Everton fielded teams with some familiar faces in but the biggest pointer to the weekend here will be the fact that Batshuayi started this game and completed 85 minutes showing that Conte is likely to stick with his summer signing Morata over the Belgian for the trip to Bournemouth. That being said, Conte did also come out and praise his backup striker stating
“Last season was very difficult for him, but it was also difficult for me. Now I think he’s ready to start, he’s ready to come on during the game and have a good impact.”
But he did also go on to say “sometimes if I decide to play with two strikers, maybe I don’t know. But it’s important to know I can count on him” which sounds like he is not really back in his Premier League starting lineup thoughts.
A 2-1 win for the hosts saw Eden Hazard 100% rested as well as a number of other players and it looks like Conte will go with a very similar starting lineup in game week 10 as he did last weekend.