Oh dear God! Sears can't score in the Championship but he is first choice ahead of a Mexican international! No Dyer, well it is Christmas, what do you expect? Turkeys with any sense don't get out of bed at this time of Year! He probably tore a ligament pulling a cracker.
No Behrami or Jacobsen. Why would you recover from injury over the Christmas break exactly? If this lot were pulling Santa's sleigh, he would find them all holding up hooves apologetically on Christmas Eve!
Gabbidon and Ben Haim at full back again. Stanislas on the left, again. Fulham's right back is going to enjoy an easy game! And up front Carlton returns to terrify the Fulham back line whilst Kovac forms an impenetrable wall in front of our back four!
I suppose the team selection could be worse. We could have let the Aussie selectors pick the team!
Anybody feeling optimistic?