What's Kraken? - Bryn Lennon
Today is Monday, February 11. This is your open thread.
Were you hoping to be able to watch the Chelsea youth play some Blackburn youth in a rematch of last year's FA Youth Cup final? What if I told you that Marko Marin and his unmatched aerial prowess was set to play as well? That sure sounds like a fun time, doesn't it? Well, that's cute. BUT IT'S WRONG! Because it's not televised. Thanks for that, Chelsea TV.
In case it matters, here's the lineup that we'll get to follow (kicking off in a few minutes) via Twitter updates (4-3-3):
Jamal Blackman | Adam Nditi, Andreas Christensen, Alex Davey, Tika Musonda | Lewis Baker, George Saville, Jeremie Boga | Marko Marin, Alex Kiwomya, Milan Lalkovic
You might notice the name of Islam Feruz missing from that lineup (and the bench as well, which includes Mitchell Beeney, Nathan Ake, Dion Conroy, Conor Hunte, Reece Mitchell instead). The reason for his absence is unknown at the moment, with some speculation being rest/rotation in view of the Youth Cup match on Friday.
An hour later (3 P.M. EST) there's also a small matter of a Premier League match, which hopefully will feature the none-too-small Romelu Lukaku for West Bromwich Albion as they take on Liverpool. WBA have been in absolutely terrible form, with just one point from a possible 18 in their last six. That's good for worst in the Premier League, yet thanks to their scintillating early-season form, they're still comfortably mid-table. In fact, if they pull off an unlikely victory today, they'd leapfrog Liverpool into 8th place and put a serious dent in Brendan Rodgers's hopes of European qualification.