Apologies for the late post but today is my birthday so I’ve been busy relaxing on what is a rather grim day in the capital. I decided against awarding myself the birthday treat of a trip up to Stoke this afternoon, although two of my friends (including Jack – who will be chiming in sometime tomorrow with a match report) have made the journey.

I thought we’d try something that one of the commenters called Scott suggested before the Villa game a couple of weeks ago and leave the comments box open for your thoughts during the game. Tell us what you think of Roy’s team selection, how the game’s progressing and what your feelings are and then we will have a read through them at the final whistle.

Kick off is nearly here – come on you Whites!

UPDATE: Some surprising late team news reaching us now. Bobby Zamora is out with a hip injury and is replaced by Zoltan Gera. Suspect we’ll line up with Johnson up front on his, Dempsey playing in the hole behind him and a four man midfield with Gera on the right.

UPDATE 2: The team in full is as follows –


Pantsil —- Hangeland —- Hughes —- Konchesky

Gera ——– Bullard —— Murphy —– Davies


——————A. Johnson——————

Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kallio, Gray, Andreasen, Nevland, Stoor, Etuhu.