A lovely midweek edition of the six pointer. You can thank the FA Cup.
1. To paraphrase an American saying; “Offence wins games, defence wins championships”. Man Utd haven’t conceded in eleven games. They have only let in ten goals overall. Only Arsenal and Liverpool have scored more than once against them, and that correlates with Utd’s only two defeats this season. This great run has been in the midst of an injury crisis which has meant the back four hasn’t stayed the same for more than two games.
2. Oh look, Liverpool’s ninth draw of the season and their third in a row. Of their last ten league games, seven have been draws. This has been against the likes of Stoke, Hull, Wigan and Fulham. Remember how last season Arsenal drew four consecutive games and blew the title? Looks like history is repeating itself. I’ve talked numerous times about how this habit of drawing against weaker sides means Liverpool won’t win the league. The way they’re going however, I wouldn’t be too sure of second either…
3. There are some terrible runs of form in the Premier League right now. Stoke, Boro and Portsmouth all have just one point from the last six but even this can be beaten. After succumbing to West Ham this evening, Hull have lost their sixth game on the trot. The table says they still lie tenth but the teams in bottom three are now just six points away. Phil Brown will be hoping that Jimmy Bullard (and to a lesser extent Manucho) has an immediate impact and stops the malaise.
4. Robin Van Persie has either scored or assisted 42% of Arsenal’s league goals this year. He has been involved in every Arsenal goal this month. He has really stepped up to the plate in light of Fabregas’ injury and Adebayor’s lack of form. Arsene Wenger’s side find themselves in a bit of pickle however and they are now five points off Aston Villa in the race for Champions League football. They have a mild case of Liverpool syndrome in that whilst unbeaten in nine, four of the last seven have been draws. They are fourth in the form league (last six games) but that’s no good when Villa are second.
5. Carlton Cole – six goals in six games. But lets see how he does in his next two games against Arsenal and Man Utd before jumping to ‘he should play for England’ conclusions.
6. OMFG, Man City win consecutive league games for the first time this season! They are unbeaten in four and seem to have turned some sort of corner. While they’ve overspent on several players [Bellamy, De Jong, Kaka(well, almost)] those players will nonetheless help City with their push for seventh spot. The ten strikers now on their books should especially help.