With the first away league win of the season under their belts, can City go on a season defining run?
Early on during a football season you may see a trend that will inevitably be reversed at some stage.
This season, it could be Manchester City’s away form. Having had a start to the season on the road where they suffered surprise 3-2 defeats at both Cardiff City and Aston Villa, along with a goalless draw against Stoke City – a few people were wondering whether travel sickness would become a symptom during their entire league season.
This weekend’s 3-1 victory over West Ham United has put end to any jokes such as ‘Pellegrini has been caught speeding because it’s the only way he’ll manage three points on the road’. A brace from Sergio Aguero and a David Silva strike meant City are keeping up with a congested looking pack towards the top of the table.
But with their 100% home record and a potential monkey off their backs in terms of their away form, could this be the point where City go on the run that could ultimately claim the Premier League crown which so many tipped them for at the start of the season?
If they were to start now they would take some significant scalps in the context of the title race – immediately after their trip to Moscow in the Champions League they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, they then host Tottenham four weeks later. Around those games are matches that you'd expect them to win, with Norwich visiting Eastlands - and a trip to rock bottom Sunderland.
City are entering what could be a defining part of their season – two wins in the Champions League over CSKA Moscow could effectively see them through to the knock-out stages, and at least ten points from their next four games will leave them in a strong position domestically – plus there is a League Cup fixture against Newcastle to be considered as well.
It isn’t going to be the next four games that win City the title – more so how their form is after that, and whether they can keep any momentum going that may have been built up during that period. Yet one feels this period is an important one for them to get going.
Either way, Manchester City are going to closely watched and scrutinised over the coming weeks.
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