Arsenal are back in business three days after their first defeat of the season to Chelsea with a Champions League trip to Prague for the first leg of the tie.
There is no doubt that the game will come with a double objective – heal the wounds of the Chelsea defeat and try to make sure qualification to the quarter-finals is mostly a done deal.
With the games coming thick and fast, it is really important that the players are spot on with their “invisible preparation”. What they do off the pitch in terms of rest, recovery and every day life becomes as important as the on the pitch stuff. Players have to be as professional as they can be between games and you trust them to do so. Three games in a week will take its toll.
We should see a little bit of a change from the Chelsea starting 11 with the five senior players on the bench for that game hoping for a start. Not all of them are likely to get one as rotation is more likely to happen on Sunday at home to Charlton in the Conti Cup.
The physios are quite busy at the moment. Leonie Maier and Viktoria Schnaderbeck missed out on Sunday due to an injury while Danielle Carter and Tabea Kemme are still on the long term injury list.
Peyraud-Magnin could start as Joe Montemurro seems to like rotating his keepers. Louise Quinn has not started a game this season. Considering she had the fourth highest number of minutes played last season behind Vivianne Miedema, Katie McCabe and Danielle Van De Donk, it has been quite a big fall from grace for her. She definitely deserves a start.
Katrin Veje and Emma Mitchell are both candidates for the left-back spot. That would free up Katie McCabe, who would be able to bring her creativity to the attack. An option might also be to bring both in as they can combine without problem on the left side. This is more likely to happen against Charlton.
Jordan Nobbs will surely start, probably for Lia Wälti, as they are both coming back from a long term injury and need to be managed to prevent any relapse. Then both can be given a rest against Charlton with Ruby Grant, Melisa Filis or Silvana Flores given a game.
So the starting 11 could look like this: Peyraud-Magnin; Evans, Williamson, Beattie or Quinn, McCabe; Little, Nobbs, Roord ; van de Donk, Miedema, Mead.
I would certainly expect an all attacking side with an Arsenal team looking to dominate the game and make it safe before the home leg in two weeks’ time.