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What's In A Clean Sheet

What's In A Clean Sheet

For the last few months now we, as City fans, have bemoaned the lack of clean sheets in the Premier League. I've heard it said and written that if we were tighter in defense we would be unblemished and be riding a perfect 11 game winning streak. As it stands, the Top 6 in England looks like this:

Manchester United
Manchester City
Chelsea
Everton
West Brom
West Ham

A deserving Top Six based on their performances thus far this season. No one can really make a claim that none deserve to be where they are after eleven games.

Quick, without looking it up, name the top six teams in England based solely on the number of clean sheets they've had this season. If you managed to list the following clubs, good for you:

West Ham - 5
Stoke - 5
West Brom - 4
Chelsea - 4
Arsenal - 4
Norwich - 4

Aside from West Ham, West Brom, and Chelsea, how do the other three stand in England? Stoke is currently 12th and have failed to score on 3 occasions this season. Arsenal are 8th and have failed to score twice already, and Norwich, who are 15th, have failed to score twice and have two wins on the season.

On the other side of that, Manchester United and Everton have kept two clean sheets apiece this season, and Tottenham (sitting in 7th) have claimed a single clean sheet the entire campaign.

In conclusion, perhaps we shouldn't be too concerned with clean sheets, as a few teams sacrifice everything to keep the ball out of the net, including scoring themselves. We should remain focused on the attack, and after looking at the numbers, I trust Mancini knows what he is doing.

UPCOMING FIXTURES
all times East Manchester

Sa 17 Nov 15h00 Aston Villa, The Etihad, PL
We 21 Nov 19h45 Real Madrid, The Etihad, CL
Su 25 Nov 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, PL
We 28 Nov 20h00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL
Sa 01Dec 15h00 Everton, The Etihad, PL
Tu 04Dec 19h45 B Dortmund, Signal Iduna Park, CL
Su 09Dec 13h30 The rags, The Etihad, PL
Sa 15Dec 12h45 Newcastle, St James' Park, PL
Sa 22Dec 15h00 Reading, The Etihad, PL
We 26Dec 15h00 Sunderland, Stadium of Light, PL
Sa 29Dec 15h00 Norwich, Carrow Road, PL




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Writer:Christopher Hooley
Date:Monday November 12 2012
Time: 8:13PM

Comments

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Interesting Philly. Seems like City are the only ones berated for failing to keep clean sheets..
rojo2010
12/11/2012 20:54:00
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we are also the MEANEST defence so far, something we had last year too, not to good for my bank balance at the bookies as i always back City to win but keep a clean sheet.... it worked last year, this year not so clever,but we are 2nd and just getting ready to pounce on top spot.....no problem in the stat front, just let the football do the talking and the rest can moan all they want.
cityman51
12/11/2012 21:19:00
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Possibly it's been highlighted with us because of the number of clean sheets we had in 11/12, with the fewest goals conceded, the latter trend being maintained at the moment, as cityman rightly says.
Colin Is The King
12/11/2012 21:39:00
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Last season we tended to keep the ball in our opponents half most of the time, so the defence had virtually nothing to do in some games. This season we're not dominating possession quite as much, which has resulted in the odd goal against. Don't think it's anything to worry about as long as we keep sticking more away than we concede! Still, makes you wonder why the press keep reporting that we're somehow "in crisis" when we're clearly not!
fifthcolumnblue
12/11/2012 22:00:00
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A clean sheet is the basis for any team, with that you give yourself a decent chance of being in the top 6 on the other hand if you don't score goals in this league then you are definitely in trouble, because no-one is going to have 38 clean sheets, very good over the last two seasons has been around the 16 mark and in the true KK fashion just score more goals than the opposition.
Buzz Lightyear
13/11/2012 07:15:00
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interesting stattery. The rags have conceded 10 goals in their last 6 and yet are top. They are very "we'll score more than you" right now at the swamp and Robin is already creaking.
Johnny Baguette
13/11/2012 15:47:00
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