African Nations Cup

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  1. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard First Team

    ACON runs for the 9th Jan to the 6th Feb. During that period we play Newcastle (15th Jan), Norwich (22nd Jan), West Ham (8th Feb).

    I imagine players will be released to join their national teams after the Spurs game on 1st Jan.
     
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  2. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Not so bad in terms of number of fixtures, but certainly winnable games.
     
  3. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

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  4. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Officially I imagine that's about right but I bet there's going to be a negotiation between the club and the national setups, who will want players in training camps earlier than Jan 1st.
     
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  5. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

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  6. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Are Nigeria and Senegal expected to do well ?
     
  7. reids

    reids Squad Player

    Senegal should top their group. Looking at the format if Senegal win their group they face one of the best placed 3rd teams which again I'd imagine they'd win quite comfortably so will likely go pretty far. Nigeria could top their group but face tough competition from Egypt for the top spot, but Nigeria should still comfortably go through. Nigeria finishing 2nd will likely pit them against either Algeria or Ivory Coast which will be tough, although topping the group will give them a much easier run.
     
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  8. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

  9. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC First Year Pro

    Masina and Louza both called up for the upcoming internationals. Seems likely we will be without the following in Jan:

    Sarr
    Dennis
    Etebo
    Troost Ekong
    Louza
    Masina
     
  10. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Ouch
     
  11. MIlton Dammers

    MIlton Dammers Reservist

    The first three names on the list will be a big miss. The final three not so much.
     
  12. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    At least we look like we may have worthwhile alternatives to Etebo and Dennis, WTE not so much, and when Masina goes, we'll be left with Rose who we don't know if we can rely on to stay fit for numerous games in a row
     
  13. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    It doesn't sound too bad when you consider it's only likely to be a couple of games, but it's our rotten luck we'll be weakened for Newcastle and Norwich. Two teams who are likely to be in the bottom three by the time we play those fixtures.

    Without Sarr and Dennis, we'll be blunt as a butter knife and WTE is showing quite good form right now, so will be a loss at the back for sure. Masina and Louza shouldn't affect us too much, however, we have to hope Rose is not injured during that time. I'd prefer to have Etebo available, but I feel we can function without him for a few games.
     
  14. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    On the flip side, hopefully those are two games that we can still get something from even without our best players. If Dennis is away (which is no guarantee as he only has a couple of caps for Nigeria and wasn't in their latest squad) we have able deputies for the left wing berth in Cucho and possibly JP, although Sarr is basically irreplaceable. I feel we could probably get by for a game or two without Etebo, but I wouldn't want to rely on Kucka or Cleverley for more than that (luckily one of those games could be Norwich at home, they both played well at Carrow Road)

    LB could be a headache, the stupid thing is we could mitigate it slightly if we could mix things up by playing Sema at wingback in a back 3 formation, but we've basically ruled that out with our lack of business at centre back. As for WTE, he's gradually become almost as important to the team as Sierralta, through his own good work as much as Cathcart's mistakes in fairness, I'd like to think that Kabasele would play ahead of Cathcart now, but that's two bald men fighting over a comb isn't it!
     

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