Another weekend of football has passed and once again, the results have gone in City’s favour. The blues men’s team recorded a hard-fought but vital 2-1 win at home to West Ham, while the goal-happy Women’s team knocked four past Birmingham to close the gap at the top of the WSL.
Given the consistency of both sides, and the fact that other results are going our way, are the Premier League title and WSL titles on their way back to Manchester?
Let’s start with the boys who extended their winning streak to 20 on the trot, whilst extending their unbeaten run to 27 matches since a 2-0 defeat at Spurs on 21st November. It marks an incredible turnaround for the blues, who looked like a serious title challenge was out of reach four months ago.
Draws against Leeds, West Ham and Liverpool as well as the Spurs defeat left more questions than answers into City’s ambitions. A 1-1 draw at home to West Brom increased the doubts further, but since then, the blues have risen to the top of the Premier League and now sit 12 points clear, mainly thanks to United, Liverpool and Leicester dropping points like there’s no tomorrow, and the latest round saw Leicester lose at home to Arsenal and United draw at Chelsea, while Liverpool…did something or other.
And with City facing home games against Wolves, United and Southampton, along with a trip to Fulham, City have a golden opportunity not only to extend the winning run, but to ensure the gap between them and second-placed United is maintained in full. Win these games and surely the title will be returning, and Manchester will be blue once more.
But as much as the boys have been running away with things, so have the girls who, since losing 3-1 at Chelsea in October, have suffered just one defeat from 18 matches (2 if you count a penalty shoot-out defeat to United, but since it’s United, it doesn’t count).
The girls in blue have won 13 of those 18 games in all competitions, which included lifting the Women’s FA Cup in November by beating Everton 3-1, thrashing Bristol City, Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion (8-1, 7-0 and 7-1 respectively), and recording a brilliant 2-1 win at Arsenal, as well as putting four without reply past West Ham and most recently Birmingham. Put that together with United dropping off the pace by losing 3-0 at City and 2-0 to Reading and Chelsea also tasting defeat at home to Brighton, the odds have started to swing slightly in City’s favour.
Unsurprisingly, the girls are top scorers in the league with 50 and sit second only to Chelsea in the WSL table, and are just two points behind the current champions. If the blues keep up this momentum and the pace with Chelsea, it will make an interesting and exciting end to the season, which will more than make up for last year, when the blues were denied the title on points average.
And 25th April will no doubt be a huge day for both teams as the boys take on Spurs at Wembley, hoping to win the League Cup for the fourth consecutive season, while the girls face Chelsea in a match that could decide the destination of the WSL title.
Fasten your seatbelts, we’re in for a hell of a ride.