Man Metropolis proceed to drop factors after three straight attracts with defeat at Aston Villa, with the Villans now pushing Pep Guardiola’s facet into third place.
On the identical evening that Liverpool saved a clear sheet in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United, Metropolis suffered their third defeat at Villa Park this season.
The scoreboard might have solely learn 1-0 in favor of Unai Emery’s facet, however the statistics spoke volumes about their dominance – with 22 pictures towards Metropolis’s two gamers within the 90 minutes.
In response to Opta, that’s the most pictures a Guardiola crew has ever had. And extremely, Metropolis had no shot on track after the eleventh minute.
It was Leon Bailey’s deflected purpose within the 74th minute that sank Metropolis and Guardiola stated ‘the higher crew received’, and that ‘higher crew’ has now taken them to 3rd place.
Liverpool at the moment are 4 factors forward of Metropolis after fifteen video games and two greater than Villa, with all three golf equipment behind present leaders Arsenal.
Second place and a couple of recreation forward of Metropolis isn’t what Reds anticipated. That is why taking factors from them on the Etihad was so essential.
Shedding 9 factors of their final 4 Premier League video games is a terribly uncommon sight – the truth is, the final time was in 2017 – so we’re used to them getting one win after one other – and that can nonetheless be the worry.
Luton subsequent up for Guardiola’s facet will open the door to a return to successful methods, however by the point they kick off on Sunday, Liverpool could possibly be seven factors clear after dealing with Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off .
Arsenal’s go to to Villa on Saturday can be one to observe, with 4 factors separating the 2 groups in first and third locations respectively.
It makes the festive fixtures palatable as Liverpool host the Gunners on December 23, and who is aware of, we is perhaps preventing for high spot at Christmas!