I suppose there are two ways of looking at the line up, what we want and what we think SK will play.
I think White Horse makes a very good point on wanting battlers in the middle and that might be enough to warrant a start for McGrath, I honestly think he will be very close to starting. I'd like to see Connolly start for his width, and that's a word SK has been using quite a lot, width on both wings, so its going to be a very close call on a few key positions. Ezeikial makes good comparisons above, maybe Id also include Massey v Grimes, but the former seems to be back in favour. I love the last one, McEleney v McEleney, hopefully his top form will be on display.
I get WH point on Vemmelund but Paul also to be fair makes a valid point, we ma be seeing the last of McMillan/Benson, maybe Gannon too, but the likely move back to Denmark should have been kept under wraps.
Taking all into account, and looking at the best talent we have available in these key positions, I think SK will go with below.
...........Benson ....O'Donnell .............
I might be a little off formation with the MF 3 ahead of Benson and O'Donnell, but I'm starting to think he will accommodate the formation to have McGrath in there. Its going to be a close call though with Connolly, but what has McGrath done recently, not to warrant a starting spot?
12/ Connolly - to change things if we need to get crosses in
13/ Mountney - to add steel into the MF (he was passed fit today)
14/ Shields - as above if he is fit
15/ Stewart - we will need a striker on the bench
16 - Hoare
17 - Sava
This leaves no spot for Grimes and that will be extremely tough if that is the case.