Atsu v Iorfa
It may be too soon for a first start for Christian Atsu, but if he does get the nod ahead of Gouffran it’ll be an interest battle for pace against Dominic Iorfa. At 6ft 4in the full back will tower over the 5ft 8in winger, but as he showed in his brief cameo against QPR he’s got plenty of tricks up his sleeve and enjoys cutting inside to get a shot away.
If he’s deployed on the left he’ll be up against Iorfa. Having a natural left footer out wide will help with the supply to Gayle, as will an ability to get forward quickly to back up the striker. Although he was fortunate to get an assist against QPR, he was very unlucky not to be on the scoresheet after hitting the bar towards the end of the game. He could instead be brought on late to stretch a tired defence however.