Each week, ‘In On Goal’ co-hosts Colin Murray and Dion Dublin give your their expert reaction and analysis from the weekend’s Premier League football. Don’t forget to tune into ‘In On Goal’ every Friday for your weekly football fix with previews and predictions of the weekend’s Premier League action.
Manchester City are on track to a record breaking run of 14 wins on the bounce and are currently scoring ridiculous goals for fun.
One more win for Pep’s men will break the current record of 13 (currently held by Arsenal and Chelsea) and see them crowned the undisputed winning streak kings.
But will they break that record at Old Trafford on Sunday?
Of all the places to do it! It would be extraordinary if they did, but United will be doing everything in their power to make sure that run doesn’t become 14 games, as that would surely end their chances of keeping pace with their high-flying neighbours.
Many would suggest that the 8 point gap that currently separates City and United means that Pep’s men won’t be caught, but if that were to become 11 points with a City victory at Old Trafford then it would almost certainly be game over.
United’s impressive win at the Emirates on Saturday means that the Manchester Derby this weekend is a mouth-watering prospect, even without the influential Paul Pogba who’s suspended after his red card on Saturday for standing on Hector Bellerin. Like all derbies, it tends to be a much-anticipated game, but this year’s contest has everything and more, and it will be fascinating to see which way it goes.
On paper, it should have been a cricket score between Manchester City and West Ham at the Etihad yesterday. West Ham were coming off a 4-0 drubbing at Goodison on Wednesday night by an Everton side who had previously struggled to find the net anywhere. Yet, the final score was a relative success for West Ham, only conceding two and managing to beat the City defence is not bad going at all.
For West Ham, a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City in the current climate is a very respectable scoreline. Many feared it could have been double figures, but David Moyes went with a five man defence and got bodies behind the ball and it certainly paid off.
In fact, they even managed to hit them on the break and it was West Ham who scored first, but once again City found a late winner to edge closer to the record books and leave David Moyes still looking for his first win as West Ham manager.
With Chelsea and Arsenal visiting the London Stadium in the next 10 days, things don’t get any easier for the Hammers who desperately need to find some points from somewhere if they are to drag themselves out of the bottom three.
David Moyes’s contract is until the end of this season. Whether he makes it to the end of that contract remains to be seen, in the cut throat world of the Premier League.
Elsewhere the famous managerial merry go round continued to turn with new appointments this week for old hands Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce.
Pardew took up the vacant role at West Brom following Tony Pulis’s departure from the Hawthorns, and Allardyce finally filled the Goodison hotseat, ending the 6 week search for a manager. With two wins and two clean sheets this week, Big Sam will be happy with the start he’s made. This Sunday provides a much bigger test with the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield, with Liverpool in very good form.
They put five past Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Saturday, and the front three of Firmino, Salah and Coutinho are looking as good a combination as any this season.
Liverpool still struggle at the back with their patched-up defence, but if they can just make sure they score more than they concede, then they’ll come away with the points.
It will be interesting to see how Allardyce approaches the derby at Anfield, as he would certainly do much to improve the way he’s perceived by the sceptical Evertonians if he was to mastermind a derby win against the old enemy. Whether that’s possible or not remains to be seen, but it’s a good target to aim for.
In terms of the old managerial merry go round, will it turn again in the next week? Tony Pulis will surely be favourite for the Swansea job, should Paul Clement move on from the Liberty Stadium. Swansea are struggling and look to be in all sorts of trouble, and Pulis likes a good relegation scrap. He’d certainly have one at Swansea, so I wouldn’t rule out seeing the Welshman in charge there before much longer as the pressure continues to grow for Paul Clement.
Don’t forget to tune into ‘In On Goal’ every Friday for your weekly football fix with previews and predictions of the weekend’s Premier League action.