So, the game is on. Well, they say it is on and going by the comments that we are getting fed, you've got to fancy it is on. Neither club are going to want to reschedule this one, so I think it is fair to say, it is on. The game is on. The semi-final is on. The first leg - the important one, is on.
In just under eight hours, we kick off and there is a buzz. A win tonight would be massive, but once again, I am not getting carried away. Blackburn are no mugs and they haven't eaten for two days so they are going to be up for this match.
But, the first leg away from home is the best we could have hoped for and the conditions are going to be the same for both teams, so it's all about who wants it more and when you get to this stage of any tournament, both teams want it.
Early Team News
Everyone is rested and everyone should be up for this game. The only players we can say for sure that will not be playing are Davies, Bouma and Salifou, although I expect a song for the latter judging by some of the comments we have seen in the earlier post today.
If we could put a bet on who would be playing, I'd put my money on Guzan, Warnock, Dunne, Cuellar, Young, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Young, Gabby and Heskey, but fortunately, you can't put a bet on this and I wouldn't be surprised if maybe Guzan didn't start and maybe Collins played and I also wouldn't be surprised if one of the younger players got a look in.
But, seeing as all players are rested, I wouldn't be surprised if the team I've put above is the team that starts. This is an important game.
Brad Guzan, Carlos Cuellar, Ricardo Dunne, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Webcam Young, James Milner, Stan Petrov, DJ Downing, Emile Heskey and father of three Gabby Agbonlahor.