Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey will be fit for the game against West Ham on Saturday at home, but Paul Dummett is unlikely to have recovered from his hamstring injury.
We would be surprised if Rafa makes any changes to the starting lineup after the terrific 2-1 win and display at Turf Moor on Monday night.
Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Schar have come into the side for the injured Shelvey and Lascelles and have performed brilliantly in the last three games – which have all been wins.
They are both making a claim to become the starters for the side, and both are making an excellent job of it.
Fabian Schar – has been in outstanding form in last three games
Ki has looked full of class in the middle of the park, and Fabian Schar seems like the perfect partner for the impressive Argentine center-back Federico Fernandez – who doesn’t always get the praise he deserves.
Rafa had asked his fringe players to make it difficult for him to pick the starting eleven and Fabian and Ki have both obliged rather quickly.
Good for them and great for the team.
It would be really something if we can make it four wins in a row on Saturday – that’s what we are hoping for.
So here’s the side we expect Rafa to start against the Hammers on Saturday afternoon – in his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
Yedlin Schar Fernandez Clark (c)
Ritchie Perez Kenedy
What team would you start on Saturday?
Note to myself – must remember to get those blood pressure pills ready – just in case we win yet again.