DM) Joe Allen
Rested against Brisbane after picking up a slight injury, he’s virtually a certainty to start here. With Lucas having done well in his absence and Emre Can still to come back, it’s vitally important that the Welshman performs here.
CM) Pedro Chirivella
A highly-rated young player who will have benefited greatly from being in and around the senior players thus far. It would nice to give him at least a little bit of playing time, so that he can truly show us what he’s capable of.
CM) Joao Carlos Teixeira
The youngster looked impressive against the Thai All-Stars and it will be good to test him against stronger opposition, as he continues his unbelievably fast comeback from the broken leg that he suffered last season.