Monday, August 15
The battle of Stamford Bridge
Went to Battle Abbey this weekend where we learned that King Harold came unstuck against William the Conqueror after first winning the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 against a Jose Mourinho-inspired team of Vikings. Not sure what warriors King Slaven will pick tonight but I'd anticipate that King Arthur Masuaku will make his debut at left back and that Antonio will continue at right-back, though I'd still rather see Byram in that position. With Payet likely to be on the bench after his exertions in France and Lanzini out until September it seems likely that Havard Nordtveit will anchor the midfield behind Noble and Kouyate and that Sofiane Feghouli will continue on the right wing. It's likely that £20m Andre Ayew will come in to partner Andy Carroll up front, though Bilic might start with Enner Valencia who has looked sharp in pre-season, despite some erratic finishing. It's going to be a very difficult match though, with Chelsea out to impress new boss Conte and fielding new signing Kante in midfield and having new striker Batshuayi, a West Ham target, on the bench after the Euros. Let's hope we get something out of this. Irons!