Morning all. I'm having a good week so far and I hope it keeps getting better. On paper, it should. I mean, if you look at the Sunderland team, who would you take over what we have - maybe one and he isn't playing tonight. Surely this is next round time?
Would you put money on it though? I'm not sure yet, although I suspect I will, because I'm a sucker like that although I might wait until the I've seen the starting line up or the game has started.
I don't think O'Neill will rest anyone and I don't think he needs to if I'm going to be frank. Teams like Liverpool and Chelsea will play fairly strong teams in this tournament and they've also got Champions League where they'll be playing fairly strong teams and lets not forget the league. The best players all play 50+ games a season and you could argue that keeping them playing is an element of keeping their game up.
So, don't expect that many changes. Expect Guzan to come in so Friedel can rest his arms and knees but the team playing tonight will have to be fairly strong to win the game as Sunderland are only one point behind us in the league and have a more than decent home record so far this season.
So, the point of this post, well, we will be updating with team news as and when we get it. We are also setting up a special email address for all those travelling to the game where you can email in your images from your phone with a little bit of text and it will get automatically uploaded to the site here.
It is also, unless something really interesting happens today, going to be the place where most links get dumped and I have every intention of dumping loads today as the project I am working on is waiting for some translations before I can really do anything, if I am going to work, it is very much going to be work that I don't need to be doing and only to make myself look like I'm working, which while I used to be very good at that, isn't something I need to do on this project in my little office all by myself.
Yes, I'm a bit bored. So, team news, links and anything else I can find that is remotely interesting and lets not forget the email address where you will be able to email in your images. All you have to do is take a photo with your phone and email site@ the this domain name, thevillablog.co.uk - the image will then get picked up by the server and we will then approve the image before publishing.
A t-shirt for the best photo of the day, as judged by me.
Guzan, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Milner, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young, Agbonlahor and Heskey.
The Bench: Friedel, Sidwell, Delph, Shorey, Young, Carew and Beye.