We head in to our 8th Premier League game of the season still looking for our first win of the campaign. The tough start continues with this game against last seasons runners up. Although we’ve started the season with disappointing results against Southampton, Swansea, Watford and maybe even Arsenal we can take some positives from our start in the form of the performances against the so called ‘big teams’ this season, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea.
A clean sheet away to a Man Utd side who 7 games in top the table is something we can take inspiration from. As is the spirited defeat to Arsenal, a game where we defended very well with 10 men and only conceded because of a very unfortunate deflection. With a more competent referee that day no doubt we would have got at the very least the point we deserved. Then of course last weekend we drew 2-2 at home against the champions. With Ayoze Perez scoring a delightful goal that even Sergio Aguero would have been proud of. The emergence of Kevin Mbabu was another major plus point from that game.
Despite those 3 good performances against the ‘big clubs’ the league table doesn’t make for nice reading. Only bitter rivals Sunderland are below us. Though the old cliche is that you shouldn’t look at the table until at least 10 games have been played. So I won’t post the table.
Man City have had a mixed opening to their campaign. After a blistering start winning their first 5 it all started to go wrong once Vincent Kompany got injured. Since then they’ve lost to West Ham and Tottenham with Sunderland the only team they’ve beaten in the Premier League without Kompany. On Wednesday night they beat our pre season opponents Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in their second Champions League game. The first was a defeat to Juventus.
With the recent form of both sides being somewhat erratic, the vast injury lists for both sides, the possibility of the ‘continental hangover effect’ from Man City’s midweek run out in Germany and our good performances against the ‘big sides’ all taken into account there is cause for some slight geordie optimism heading into this fixture. Perhaps we can do what Juventus and West Ham have done and come back from the Etihad with a win in the bag. Continue reading