How attitudes change, eh?
After beating an admittedly poor Chelsea side on their own turf, I thought things were on the up.
Before I say anymore, let’s look at the squad news.
The headlines are that Jacob Ramsey is apparently fit, but he’s still in pain and faces a last minute fitness test to see if he’s able to sit on the bench or not.
What’s that about? He’s either fit or he isn’t. Whatever, it would seem that he won’t be starting and the best we can expect is that he gets a few minutes. I’m not at all convinced that’s a good idea and if he’s not fully fit, we’d do better waiting for him to fully recover. It’s almost on a par with playing inferior players such as Dendoncker, to my mind. You’ve weakened the team straightaway and we’ve already seen that we’re not good enough to be able to do that.
I suppose the question is do you think Ramsey is a better player when he’s half fit compared to some of the options? To be honest, you might have a valid point if you think yes.
Which leads us nicely onto Leon Bailey, who won’t be available. While he can play well and affect a game on odd occasions, they’re all too rare and I personally don’t consider him much of a miss.
Otherwise, nothing has changed, except Tim Iroegbunam is back in training and Moreno is progressing. Buendia and Mings are still long termers.
Blimey, I’ve just realised it’s an early kick off, so I’d better make it brief.
What do I think, then?
Well, if we can’t beat a poor Everton side at home, what chance do we have of beating a high flying side that’s pushing strongly for first place in the Prem?
With our defence, my expectations are lower than they’ve been in this season up to now and I don’t see us having any chance of winning the game.
I suppose there’s a slight chance of us getting a point, but to be honest, I don’t really believe that either.
My optimism has all but disappeared, but I suppose I can muster the little bit I have left and predict a 1-1.
The truth is, I’m not even sure I want to watch the game. But I will. We’re capable of playing well sometimes and after all, Brighton are usually a fairly decent watch.
I live in hope.