Well we are seven games into the season and we have banked nine points along the way.
In short, the football we have played to date has really been disjointed and we are yet to fully hit our stride and play the way we know we can. On the flip side of this, we have only lost games to Manchester United and Chelsea so we can take some comfort in the fact that although we have not been playing at our best we have at least been hard to beat.
We have chewed over what has transpired in the first seven games to no end so I thought I would look to the future and what will be facing us in the next three games.
Played 6 – Won 1 – Drawn 4 – Lost 1 – Points = 7
Goals scored per game – 0.83
Goals conceded per game – 1.17
Longest unbeaten streak – 5
Percentage of clean sheet – 33 %
Sunderland currently sit in 13th place on 7 points, with one win, one loss and a bunch of drawn games. Like us, they have played some drab football at times and have not looked as sharp as they could be. Martin O’Neil seems to be struggling to some extent to really get his players fired up. They have relied heavily on Fletcher to bang in goals for them and they really do seem short of back up goal scorers. This will be a hard game as Sunderland will come out with all guns blazing in order to pick up a home win against their greatest foe. For me the players to watch will be Fletcher, Sessegnon and the set pieces of Larsson. They are a well drilled team and I think a point would be a good result.
West Bromwich Albion
Played 7 – Won 4 – Drawn 2 – Lost 1 – Points = 14
Goals scored per game – 1.57
Goals conceded per game – 1
Longest unbeaten streak – 3
Percentage of clean sheets – 43 %
The Baggies have started the season very well and have amassed 14 points along the way and currently sit 6th place. Steve Clarke has his team playing well and this will be a very tough game for us. We will be at home and this will give us some advantage but we will need to be at our best to collect the three points on offer. They have two very speedy forwards in Long and Odemwingie and they will be a handful for our bigger defenders. James Morrison has also been playing very well for them in the middle and his influence will need to be negated for us to get a stranglehold on the game. I still think that we can secure three points from this game but it will depend which Newcastle team turns up. If we give them a 45 minute head start, we may struggle for points.
Played 7 – Won 1 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3 – Points = 6
Goals scored per game – 1.29
Goals conceded per game – 1.71
Longest unbeaten streak – 2
Percentage of clean sheets – 14 %
Under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have really had a poor start to the season with their only victory coming from a win over Norwich. They currently sit below us in 14th place with a disappointing points tally of 6. Recent poor form aside, Liverpool will be no pushover at Anfield. I expect them to have a large amount of the possession and they will try to break us down through a short passing game. Their greatest weakness is the lack of strike power but the player to watch out for will be Suarez. He always looks a threat and would have a lot more goals if his finishing wasn’t so poor. His strike partner Borini hasn’t even looked like scoring yet and is still finding his feet. We have not played well at Anfield in recent years and this game is a worry for me. If we play at our best I believe we are good for a point from this game.
So I think we can at least bank 5 points from our next 3 games? This is based on current form and from what I have seen from the teams we will play. I could have put a lot more statistical detail into all of the teams we will play but I want this to be a football discussion, not one around who will have the most possession in a game. I will leave that to NUFCStats as he does it better than anybody.
So how do you think we will fare? Do you think that we can secure more than 5 points or do you think we may struggle to even amass that amount?
By Aussie Magpie Fan