We were disappointed today to hear that local lad Steven Taylor may not make the game at Sunderland on Sunday, and we have to assume he’s had some problems yesterday with that hamstring of his, but another local lad Paul Dummett stands by, and will be only too pleased to play in the local derby for the very first time at Sunderland.
Paul Dummett – could start the game if Taylor not fit
The team will probably be the same one that started the second half against Liverpool, with Steven Taylor in for Paul Dummett – if he’s fit – and Moussa back in the midfield – we will not play ten men against Sunderland, .
Papiss Cisse was on the bench last Saturday, and he could possibly be brought back in for the Sunderland game, as Ben Arfa didn’t look like a natural out-and-out striker against Liverpool, but the Frenchman worked very hard for the side – to his credit.
And we’re not sure what the status of Jonas Gutierrez is, who was back in Argentina last week seeing to a personal issue, but his experience could be used in the second half, and he showed that experience with an excellent substitute appearance against Cardiff City.
Here’s what we think the starting eleven will be on Sunday:
Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Tiote (c) Cabaye Sissoko
Gouffran Cisse Remy
If Steven is not fit Paul Dummett will deputize, and maybe Dummett could even start at left back in place of Santon?
And Ben Arfa could well keep his place at center-forward, although at some point we have to see Cisse back in there scoring some goals soon.
What’s your starting eleven for Sunday?