Lukaku has a fitness test. Would have thought Kone will start up front if he doesnt make it. Though personally think putting Joel Robles or even a traffic cone (or traffic Kone? Wahey...) would be more mobile and ruthless in front of goal...
Besic, Pienaar, McGeady, Gibson all definitely out. Deulofeu doutbful, wouldnt expect him to start even if he is fit, more likely on the bench. Assuing he is out, think we might start like...
Most likely any differences from that will see Naismith for Barkley or Cleverley for Barry.
Wow...I know Ive said Im a bit worried about us but...wow. That first half was as bad a 45 minutes as I think Ive ever seen us put in. No shape whatsoever in midfield, the whole team were playing like they didnt have a clue what they were supposed to be doing, or what anyone else was doing, Lukaku took an hour to receive a ball anywhere but 40 yards out with his back to goal, and on the few occasions Watford attacked, we looked terrified. Second half was much better (well it couldnt have been any worse) and it was just looking like when we were going to equalise. Finally did when Kone laid off for Barkley to rocket one in (dont be fooled by the goal, he was awful yet again) and from that point, no home side should be going behind again from that point, as all the momentum was now with us, Watford hadnt had an attack second half. But once we equalised, we held off, started playing **** again and messing around, and Watford broke away and went ahead again. Thankfully, we equalised almost straight away, Lukaku holding off a defender and playing in Kone who pretty uncharacteristically, put in a lovely cool finish.
Awful start. Given the next 9 games we've got are horrible, I think getting a win today was important. As its not a run of games you want to be going into on the back of an irritating draw at home to a newly promoted side.Positives...not many. Howard looked a lot more assured than he did at any point last season. Kone shocked me and did enough to me to earn a start alongside Lukaku next game, as he changed the game when he came on. Stones looked like the speculation around Chelsea hasnt affected him, and Cleverley looked promising enough on his debut...at least when he wasnt on the wing!