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Which players and formation should Dougie Freedman use to take on the Blues?

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It's not an easy task predicting Freedman's team selection - never has been and probably never will be. But what the heck, let's have a go anyway.

Such a task is made all the more harder given (a) the team are coming off the back of an FA Cup game and (b) there is something approximating a wealth of options for Freedman - even if Henri Lansbury will sadly not be troubling this little feature for a while.

The key areas which might throw up a few curveballs are at left back and in the wide areas. The defence has been largely stable and although Kelvin Wilson had a run out on Saturday in the plain old FA Cup, it would be a surprise to see anything other than Dorus De Vries, Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs and Eric Lichaj in their usual positions. Of course, Michael Mancienne might have something to say about this and with Cohen having got a minutes under his belt on Saturday, it is likely that Freeman might give him a rest and go with either Mancienne or new lad Bojan Jokic at left back - assuming he's sung his song or whatever it is they do in way of an initiation ceremony these days.

Gary Gardner coming in is very timely given Lansbury's injury and looks like a ready made replacement alongside David Vaughan. From then on, it's anyone's guess. Oliver Burke did more than enough to get the nod after his scintillating display against QPR, even if Freedman does like to use young lads sparingly. Jamie Ward too did a decent job and bagged his first goal. With Ryan Mendes and Nelson Oliveira rested on Saturday, they'll be chomping at the bit like a really hungry bit-chomper. Dexter Blackstock reminded us of his worth too and lest we forget Chris O'Grady. Blimey. Too many options.

In The Top One predicts that Oliver Burke will be kept on the leash to be sent on to replace O'Grady at some stage in the second half. With a lot of games coming up, Freedman is likely to play it safe.

This is just a prediction so don't get cross or anything.