Sunday, April 27, 2014

We are not title favorites

So says the boss:

But a little math shows us that two teams can end up with 86 points.  If both of those teams slip, another can end up with 84.  That's a pretty darn close title race, on that is sure to go down to the wire.

Of the two teams that can reach 86 points, one has (as I write this) an 8 goal edge in differential, and three remaining games.  Assuming they win all three of those games, that differential would be up to (at least) 11, meaning the other team would have to be at least +11 i their remaining two games.  Not impossible, but not likely, either.

The next match is away at Everton who are desperately trying to make Champions League, and will be at home.  It's going to be a very, very difficult match.  But as we know, they almost all are.

C'mon CITY!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Luck Running Out. Or: a game of inches

I wrote earlier about some luck that went our way earlier in the season.

Now, the ball is bouncing the other way.

Think of it this way:  Just a few inches: In the Liverpool match, Aguero puts the ball slightly out of the reach of Silva, who barely gets a toe on it and his attempt goes wide by a few inches.  Two minutes later, against the run of play Kompany muffs a clearance and the Liverpool midfielder puts in a perfect shot.

After the Sunderland keeper muffs a shot right at him from Nasri, in extra time Nasri has a wide open shot from within the box go over by a few inches.

If Silva was able to get more foot on the ball and Nasri a little less, we'd be crowing about how we were going to be top of the table.  Instead, we're praying for some luck.  All because of a few inches.

C'mon CITY!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Match that May Decide the Title

The season has come to this:  There are two teams that, if they can win the rest of their games, will win the title.

One of these teams was expected to be in this spot: OUR CITY!

One of these teams was not expected to be in this spot at the beginning of the season - Liverpool!

Riding a wave of amazing goals by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool has had quite a run these last two months.  But, they still have to play us and Chelsea.  Please note that they lost to both these teams over the holiday season.

If we draw, we are still in the drivers seat as (as I write this) we are one point behind them with a game at hand and we (again, at the moment) have the goal differential.

Really, really looking forward to the match next week.  Hopefully, we can get a good crowd to meet the scousers at Maggies!

C'mon CITY!