Don't see Rodwell being fit. I too would go for Cahill playing CM tbh. Needs a change. Would offer extra attacking threat from a deeper position and the pressure would be taken away from him. The opposition would not be watching him as closely and above all he's a better option than Neville in CM.
Neville jags heitinga Baines
Drenthe Osman Guaye
Maybe one of jags or heitinga could be rested for this one with Distin coming in. Busy Xmas period and all. Barkley played in reserves so won't see him again I doubt. (shame) am I missing something that he's not getting time off the bench?