The debate is raging: should Doctor Evil revert to 4-5-1 for the table topping head to head at St Mary's, or should he stick with a winning formula, retaining 4-4-2 and going for Southampton's throat?
There's no doubt in my mind. To change a winning team would be to show fear and we have nothing to be scared of! Southampton are a goodish team but nothing more. I like Lallana and Lambert but they're not Modric and Rooney are they?
There's suggestions that Allardyce fears being outnumbered in midfield but the best way to combat Southampton's undeniable attacking threat is to give them something to worry about at the back. Two banks of four is a great way of smothering a game when you don't have the ball, and with two men up front you have a much better chance of hitting a team on the break. With Diop anchoring, the full backs can push on when we are in possession and I have a hunch that Nolan could join Baldock and Carew on the score sheet if we go into the game looking to outscore our opponents.
Why give Southampton a psychological boost before a ball has been kicked? Allardyce should say to the team, "Same again lads, now go out and justify my confidence in your ability!" If he reverts to 4-5-1 the message will be the opposite, Doctor Evil will be admitting that he is scared of a team of Saints!