***Predicted Lineup for FA Cup Semi-Final Against Chelsea*** For all of the issues Saints have had this season, both on the field and off, the FA Cup hasn't fit the narrative entirely. Sure, we've played mostly low-level opposition thus far, and the majority of the matches were far from aesthetically pleasing, but they've been wins. Something fans haven't seen much of in the League this year. In fact, there's been just one win 2018.
I, and most fans, have been hoping for some momentum coming off good performances in the league and cup victories all season, but the momentum never seems to carry over. Saints have yet to put together a string of 4 or 5 good performances in a row. It's that fact, that the team can't seem to sustain a run of performances that worries me the most. We desperately need a run if we are going to stay up. And, ideally, it would all start at Wembley on Sunday. It's both a chance to give the fans another day out at Wembley, perhaps the last for some time, and gain some confidence ahead of hosting fellow South coast side Bournemouth in the PL next weekend.
Mark Hughes said in his press conference on Friday that a rotation was probably necessary, as Saints have played 2 matches already this week. It's hard to imagine any changes along the back line, as Cedric and Bertrand have been good going forward, even if they didn't stand out at the King Power on Thursday. Romeu and/or Hojbjerg could see the bench from the start as both have played significant minutes recently. We'd most likely see Steven Davis sit alongside Romeu or Hojbjerg in midfield. Out wide Hughes could deploy Sims and Redmond, perhaps with Austin up top it would allow Saints to attack on the counter, just without Long's pace in the lineup.
So, here's a predicted lineup for Sunday.
Cedric, Bednarek, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand
Redmond, Romeu, Davis, Tadic
I's a Cup Semi-final and it's time to leave everything else behind and focus on the task at hand, beating Chelsea. I'm hoping for another final's appearance.
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