Arsenal are preparing to host Cardiff on Monday knowing that they will be without the services of injured midfielders Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky, while Emmanuel Eboue is suspended and Andrey Arshavin is not eligible to play because he wasn't an Arsenal player when the first tie was held. Oh, and just to compound that Aaron Ramsey is a doubt because of a ligament strain, so he may well miss out against his former club.
Joining them on the sidelines are strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott, while defender Mikael Silvestre is crocked and Gael Clichy is doubtful.
Assuming Arsene Wenger doesn't change the habits of a lifetime, we'll have a Pole in the goal on Monday when Lukasz Fabianski takes charge between the sticks.
In defence, I can see Le Gaffer going with Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Johan Djourou, if he doesn't choose to play Kieran Gibbs at left back, but I'm hoping he'll give Gibbs a start, as he is more potent going forward than our tall Swiss defender.
Midfield will remain the key to unlocking the Bluebirds and with the help of Samir Nasri, Denilson, Alex Song and perhaps one of Carlos Vela, Jack Wilshere or Amaury Bischoff (with the other two being on the bench), we will have the necessary skill to control the game.
And up front, well who else but Robin van Persie and Eduardo? Again I can see Wenger opting to play Nicklas Bendtner from the kick-off, but I sincerely hope Eduardo's hard work over the past year will be rewarded with a place in the starting line-up.
As usual, I'll leave it up to you lot to share your thoughts on our starting 11 for Monday, via our comments section below. For the record, here's mine, with subs thrown in for good measure
Sagna Gallas Toure Gibbs
Vela Denilson Song Nasri
Subs: Almunia, Clichy, Djourou, Wilshere, Merida, Bischoff, Bendtner