Thursday, 8PM, BT Sport 1
Mendy didn't start last ThursdayI'd be tempted to give Mendy a rest too, but equally I doubt that'll happen. Hopefully, we'll be in a position to give Hamza a run in his place for at least 30 minutes otherwise that international break might be his first chance for a breather.
I realise that but Braga is a stiffer test and Rodgers may be tempted to start Mendy. I personally hope he doesn't and Hamza is trusted to play with maturity but I obviously don't know how Rodgers prioritises Thursday nor sees the threat of Braga.Mendy didn't start last Thursday
I think a back 7 is a little too defensive...Schmeichel
Evans Fofana Morgan Albrighton Choudhury Mendy Thomas
I would try and play tight on Thursday for 45 minutes and then give Tielemans, Praet, Vardy Barnes a run at them for some of the second half.
All of this.As strong a side we can muster. A win basically secures progress out of the group and would allow us to rotate heavily (Hamza, Nacho, Morgan, Thomas, even Ward) for future European games.
Braga are no mugs. Lose against them twice and we’re under pressure for the last two matches.
Full strength for this one being a home match. Then rest.
What are the ramifications on the KO draw depending on where you finish in the group?
Thanks. I wondered how they’d split it, just didn’t know if they’d tier the CL teams or the EL group winners.There are 32 teams in the first knock-out round. 12 group winners, 12 runners up, and 8 teams that finished third in their Champions League group.
The 12 group winners, and the four best placed CL teams will be seeded.
So if we win the group we'll have a better chance of getting an easier draw.
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