As we prepare for our trip to Villa Park on Saturday, knowing Mikel Arteta will be facing a touchline ban for daring to be happy about his team scoring a late goal, Saturday’s opposition moved into third place in the table after a 1-0 win over Man City last night. Their record at home is very impressive, but look at how they dominated this game statistically:
22 shots to City’s 2?! I can’t remember ever seeing them allow that many attempts on goal in the Guardiola era, and while it might suggest all is not right with that team, it’s more evidence that Saturday is going to be a very, very tough game for us. The Unai Emery narrative will be in full effect, the fact they’ve now won 14 consecutive games at home tells you how good they are at Villa Park, but I guess records like that are there to be broken so that will be our challenge.
If City seem like they’re struggling a bit, I’m reluctant to predict this is any kind of downfall for them. We’ve been there, done that, and worn that t-shirt before, and then in the second half of the season they turn into a relentless football terminator and just go on a run that wins them the title. The Man City chef must change his menu after Christmas, giving the players endless reserves of energy or something.
Still, you look at the table and it seems weird. Not so much that Villa are above City, but that Man Utd are just three points behind their local rivals. If anything demonstrates how strange football is, that’s it. You think you know the game, then you see that and realise it’s all just a bunch of random nonsense. I had the great misfortune of watching United’s game with Chelsea last night, and to say it was atrocious would be doing that word a disservice. United were awful, when Scott McTominay is your best player by some distance, something’s not right. As for Chelsea, what a motley collection of dimwits and nincompoops they have assembled at extraordinary expense.
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Publish date : 2023-12-07 06:37:06
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