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The Drogs returns. Now the only question is how to accommodate him. The results while he has been away have not exactly been poor so the question is to do we stick with the formation, put Drogba in and push Anelka out wide where he is far less effective or do we return to a two up top formation (which will see the return of the diamond)?

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Drogba back. Deco to play as the deep playmaker.

4-3-3, 4-1-2-1-2. Doesn't really matter. Both have proved effective this season and both have been ineffective.

What matters is the attitude and it will need to be better than it was on Saturday.

Expect Carvalho to return, Zirkhov to play at fullback and Joey to drop to the bench, unless he plays one up and rests Anelka.

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Expect to go back to the diamond. Deco should start as defensive mid (cant believe I'm saying this), Lamps and Malouda, and then Joey at the tip. I expect Ballack to be dropped....rather I wish. At the back Carvalho and Zhirkov should start.

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Considering the Arsenal-match I think we should rest a few players. Ivan,Malouda, Ballack,Terry and Lampard played all of the recent matches since Preston. Problem is just that we dont have a lot of midfielders anymore.

-----------------------Cech---------------------------

-----paulo------carvahlo-alex----------zhirkov----

-----------------------Deco--------------------------

---------------Lampard--Matic----------------------

-----------Sturridge--Drogba--Kalou---------------

Subs: Hilario, JT, Ivan, Ballack Joey, Kakuta, Borini,

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I have no complaints with Zhirkov getting a game, I just wanted to know if I was missing something. I know he took a knock in the game, but I thought from the fact everyone named Zhirkov that Ash may have been ruled out. It's good he hasn't though, definately need him for Arsenal.

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Not sure if we'll continue playing 4-3-3 now. I think Ancelotti will prefer to have Anelka and Drogba as a central pairing up front and not putting one of them out wide, even though we've seen them both drift out wide in every game so far.

I think we've going to play 4-4-2 with diamond midfield against Arsenal and therefore I would not be surprised to see it in this game as well.

Cech in goal.

Defensive line: Ivan - Riccy - JT - Yuri (not sure how fit Ashley is and whether Carlo want to risk losing him for the game against Le A*se).

Holding midfielder: Deco? He's done quite well there so far. Mikel surely isn't back in the squad yet, Ballack been rubbish, Belletti and Essien are injured. Let's go with Deco.

Central midfielders: Lampard & Malouda?

Tip of diamond: Joey?

Strikers: Drogba and Anelka.

On the other hand Carlo might rest a few players for our big game later this week. I doubt it, but I would not mind seeing Kakuta and/or Matic get some time in this game.

Final note.

Is that b*stard H*nt still at Hull or has he left? He seems to like scoring on us, but this time I really hope we'll leave the pitch in agony. Where is Essien when you need him?

If Hull will score a goal then I really hope it's Bullard who gets it.

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Don't think we'll see a whole lot of youngster action tomorrow except for Sturridge. Borini, Kakuta and Matic seem to be involved in the reserve game against Aston Villa.

I'd prefer the diamond (crazy talk, I know) before the 4-3-3, just so we can get used to it again before the Arsenal game where I assume we'll put Drogba and Anelka up top in a 4-diamond-2. The thing with the diamond is who to put at the top of it. Cole has been proven to be very ineffective there compared to playing on the wing. Lampard and Malouda don't really thrive in that position either. Deco would seem to be the obvious choice, but with Essien and Belletti out and Ballack being utter turd in the defensive midfielder position I guess that's where Deco will be located. Anelka to drop to the tip of the diamond and play Sturridge alongside Drogba? :D

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Kakuta, Borini, and Matic are playing on the Reserve team today so they probably won't be in the lineup tomorrow. Kalou is back and will probably will be on the bench with Sturridge. Kakuta hasn't been on the bench in a while. Matic may be on the bench, but just as a emergency until Mikel gets back.

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I say bring back the diamond. I like the idea of trying Deco at defensive mid as well, and I guess I'd try Joe Cole at the tip. I'd like to see if Cole can translate his excellent form into the playmaker role. I'd start Lampard and Ballack at the other midfield sports, Zirkhov at LB and start Carvahlo at the back. We can always switch things up if it isn't clicking but I like us playing a diamond against Arsenal more than a 4-3-3, all things being equal.

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This is Hull not Arsenal and we want the three points. Drogs obviously needs at least a one match tune up before Arsenal. On the other hand Anelka may need a bit of rest, so 60 minutes could be enough for him. Joe should continue play at least 60 minutes as he does seem to be running into form.

I'd have Mikel on the bench at least, he may well be required in the Arsenal game.

Deco offers nothing defensively as the holding midfielder and will probably run out of steam but does look more creative in that role than Ballack.

So I have Sturridge, Ballack and Mikel on the bench to come on after say 60 minutes replacing Anelka, Joe Cole and Deco respectively.

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Yes they rejected a 5m bid from Wolves yesterday. I hope JT kicks the lumps out of the c**t just to feel better.

I'd get a lot more satisfaction if it were Petr who kicked lumps out of him - and that's just during the handshake ceremony at the beginning of the game.

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