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I'd like to see Bellamy start as well as he's more than hot at the moment, but think your right, 3 starts in 7 days maybe pushing things, and while he may look fit, we don't want to loose him to a silly injury. In fact while no one can take anything from him last night, I did notice just before he came off he was not running the channels when we were looking for an outlet man, so was glad to see him subbed off when he was. Carroll did very little last night but eating up a minute or so with Johnson in the corner was his job and he got it done.
A tweak from your line up I might suggest is putting Henderson in the slot rather than Gerrard like he was last night. Hendo may not have got many shout outs last night but I was impressed with both him and Bellars defending from the front and keeping City pinned back. I also appreciated Gerrard sitting deep with a cool head which I think also gave Adam confidence when we weren’t on the ball. Just maybe a better balance.
Lastly I'd start Downing over Maxi. Maxi has the technical skills on the ball, but is not the best defending, nor is he blessed with great pace. Utd are weak imo in the center so if they are going to hurt us it’s by getting the ball wide and attacking with pace. Nani might be out, but they still have options wide. Also I think Downing had one of his best games with us last night. He looked like Kuyt out there at times not giving up on balls, and I think may have taken Kenny's words from the Bolton match to heart.
Unless KD, the physios and Craig (though he'd always would) say/think Bellamy is 100% fit, I wouldn't start him, but certainly feel good about having him availble for even 45 if needed. Though, if he starts up front, he still does less running and tracking back as opposed to on the flanks, so I wouldn't completely rule it out, knowing Suarez (perhaps a signing) are availbe for Wolves.
Knowing that the backline and rb spot are a concern, and not sure over Bellamy, for me:
Doni, Bellamy, Jonjo, Kelly, Carra, Maxi, Coates
Also the wildcard thought that Spearing is fit, and if so, I'd definitely give him the nod in the deep middle, perhaps give Stevie a blow..