Before we play Stoke Zola has to get the Harry Potter Sorting Hat out and solve the following issues:
Is Carlton Cole fit or injured? If he's injured then I think we have to rule him out and rely on the fit players we have. Remember England trying to nurse Bryan Robson's shoulder in the World Cup? It doesn't work fielding half-fit players.
Is McCarthy going to find his form after injury or should we stick with Franco? Franco made a difference on Tuesday so presumably he'll start.
Should he drop Tomkins and bring in Da Costa? Probably so.
Should he reinstate Ilunga at left back? I'd say yes, as Daprela is promising but raw.
Is Kovac worth a place in the side? Yes, he's improved, but would a more mobile player like Noble or Collison be better?
Do the flashes of brilliance from Diamanti compenesate for not tracking back a great deal and is he suited to a relegation struggle?
Is Faubert or Spector a better choice at right back or could we play Behrami there to try and make the defence more solid?
Should Stanislas keep his place as he offers some width even if he's lightweight?
Should we bring back Steve Potts?
None of us really know the answers to these problems but it's what Zola's paid for. But what we have to do is play as a unit and inject some pace into the side. Over to you, Franco.
Biomechanics - easy exercise?
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