Just as I predicted in midweek, Taylor is not being risked for today's game, with Allardyce anxious to have five fit, combative midfielders for the trip to Miserableborough on Tuesday. Cole, on the other hand, is given a start up top alongside Baldock.
The team also has a more positive look with Faubert starting on the right of midfield and O'Brien returning at right back. So no conventional holding midfielder. This is a team designed to attack in what looks like a fairly conventional 4-4-2 formation.
In full the team reads:
O'Brien, Tomkins, Faye, McCartney
Faubert, Noble, Nolan, Collison
Options on the bench are: Stech, Demel, Taylor, Piquionne and Carew.
With Southampton losing at Bristol City, this is now a HUGE game!