With news breaking that Allardyce doesn't want him at the club, Carlton should start against Sunderland. Despite his goal scoring issues, Cole has a place in the squad, in my opinion, as we look a much more fluid team when he plays instead of the statuesque Carroll.
With Cole fired up and angry, I would fancy him to bully Suderland's defence something rotten - and to get on the score sheet into the bargain. Carroll isn't fit and Chamahk's record isn't exactly persuasive, so I hope Allardyce gives Carlton a chance to "Prove me wrong!".
There will be a few selection dilemmas for Allardyce. Will young Potts start at left back? Will Diarra partner Noble in central midfield or will Collison retain his place? Who of Jarvis, Vaz Te or Collison will make up the rest of the midfield with JC and Nolan?
Given we are away from home, I suspect Allardyce will go with the most "compact" formation, opting for the following side:
Demel, Collins, Reid, Potts
Collison Nolan Cole
Cole or Chamahk
This is a huge game. Teams at the bottom end of the table will harvest points today and we want to be looking up, not over our shoulder.