After the International Break it will be :
Saturday Nov. 23 - At Crystal Palace (PL)
Wednesday Nov. 27 - vs. Napoli (CL)
Saturday Nov. 30 - vs. Brighton (PL)
Wednesday Dec. 4 - vs. Everton (PL)
Saturday Dec. 7 - at Bournemouth (PL)
Tuesday Dec. 10 - at Salzburg (CL)
Saturday Dec. 14 - vs. Watford (PL)
Tuesday Dec. 17 - vs. Aston Villa (League Cup - alternative squad)
Wednesday Dec. 18 - Club World Cup semifinal
Saturday Dec. 21 - Club World Cup final or 3/4 game.
Thursday Dec. 26 - at Leicester (PL)
Sunday Dec. 29 - vs. Wolves (PL)
Thursday Jan. 2 - vs. Sheffield United (PL)
Jan 4/5 - TBA (FA Cup 3rd Round)
13 Games in 44 days boys and girls (not counting the League Cup game).
I see already we are talking about players missing the opening game of that stretch, with both Robbo and Mo ruled questionable for Palace, and I think both missing their international matches even though they traveled to join the respective squads.
I look at this and while it's crazy busy for sure, I think with our squad we could actually win all 13 of the games. Rotation will be needed, and it's hard to imagine there won't be some fitness issues during this stretch, but as there's not a team in the world we need to fear, it's fair to think we could win every one of these.
Napoli is probably the toughest of the lot, but our first choice players will want to show their best performance after what is now the only blemish on our record this season. Everton is huge of course, and Leicester away will be a stern test, but I really do think we could win the whole lot.
By the way, I'm not prepared to concede that League Cup tie with so many of our U23s playing. That group should have a fair bit of confidence by now as well. It will be a tall order without the steadying hand of a Milner, Gomez or Origi on board, but I wouldn't rule out our young lads winning.
But back to the other 13 matches, what a feat winning all of them would be, yeah? Wonder what the odds would be for that.