SAFC to Rely on Ricky Alvarez as Main Man in Line Up Against Fulham

With today's FA Cup replay coming just three days after our huge win over relegation rivals Burnley, confidence must be high. We can probably take a good guess at the line up tonight.

Gus Poyet has already given us some clues confirming that Ricky Alvarez will start in place of Adam Johnson who is absent due to thumb surgery. This is hugely encouraging as confirms we won't be going back to the awful and negative line up Poyet set out in the first game.

With both Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham getting on the scoresheet against Burnley it would be a big surprise to see either miss out which would see us adopt a similar 4-4-2 line up.

Poyet also indicated Jack Rodwell is going to be given the opportunity of redemption after his embarrassing sending off in the home fixture. This would mean one of the midfield trio of Liam Bridcutt, Seb Larsson and Jordi Gomez missing out with the latter being the most likely.

Anthony Reveilliere was very impressive against Burnley (earning second place in your votes) but with his age and lack of football, it would be no surprise to see Billy Jones reintroduced into the starting line up. The rest of the back four should be the same, though Vito Mannone will start instead of number one Costel Pantilimon such is Poyet's goalkeeping policy.

The major concern I have here is whether or not Alvarez has the work rate of Johnson to be as big a success in the free role behind the strikers. He is talented, as we're often told, so if there is a position he is to flourish in surely this is it. I think his application will be massive and may well be the difference between a dynamic attacking display and a slow and predictable one.

If we line up like this and conduct ourselves in a professional manner, we should have too much for Fulham who can't afford to be as poor as they were at the Stadium of Light.

An away tie against Bradford is the prize for the winner in a competition which is wide open.

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