There were times during Wednesday’s game against Newcastle that I thought we’d be going in to today’s game just one point clear at the top. News had spread around the ground early in the second half that City had gone a goal behind but you had to expect for them to go on and win it. Meanwhile, with 20 minutes left to play, United had gone behind for the third time and whilst you’d never rule us out, it was frustrating to think our hard work at the Etihad a few weeks before could be going to waste.
As it turned out, Robin van Persie and Chicharito saved the day, thanks to two brilliant balls from Michael Carrick, and City couldn’t get anything out of the Sunderland game. On the morning of December 1st we were just one point ahead of City and had a goal difference inferior by two. Now we’re seven points clear and our goal difference is better by two. December has been kind to us so far so let’s hope that continues today.
Only six teams have picked up more points away from home than West Brom this season so today isn’t going to be a walk in the park. The fact the pitch is in such a state because of the rain probably won’t do us any favours either. To go in to 2013 in such a comfortable position would be brilliant though.
The best news of the day could be that Shinji Kagawa is on the bench, with the manager suggesting he’s ready to feature after being in full training. With Wayne Rooney injured, our new signing has a great opportunity to fill the hole behind Robin van Persie and show the manager what he is capable of.
City are away to Norwich today, who took three points off us earlier this season, whilst Chelsea are away to Everton, who also took three points off us. Hopefully Norwich and Everton can pull their finger out this weekend and do us a favour, but I would gladly settle for a 1-0 win for us today, in a game that hopefully doesn’t take a few days off my life!
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