8 games in
Beaten by 3 sides we may of expected to lose to - Liverpool - Wolves - Leicester
Beaten by a side we would have maybe wanted something from - Palace
Drawn with a side we would have expected to lose to.
Beaten 3 teams we needed to beat - Sheff Utd - Fulham - Villa
Pretty much on par for where realistically should be and there is no reason to panic. There are 9 sides that should finish in the top 9 places and the rest of the league is competing to stay up. Thats my interpretation of the league. Of course there is always the odd anomaly like Sheff Utd doing better than expected last season.
We are doing ok. Our owner is the 3rd least wealthy in the top flight. Our squad cost is the 4th lowest. We have a team full of players who were struggling to finish in the top half of the championship only 2 year ago.
Its worth mentioning that we have not had a great deal of luck this season with decisions.
Koch handball would now NOT be a handball after changes to how the law can be used by referees.
The Bamford offside labelled the worst decision ever in football by a player who was verbally abused by Leeds fans for his entire career.
The Bamford no-penalty appeal against Palace. Absolutely this is given to Pen Utd.
The Costa slight touch and over no-penalty appeal against Wolves. Again this is absolutely given to Martial and co.
Personally i dont think we got the run of the ball against Leicester or Palace, although this evens itself out. Our equaliser against Man City was due to an error on their part. Van Dijk made his first error in ages gifting us a goal. Dallas goal versus Leicester was equally as fortunate as the Costa own goal was for Palace. To a degree you make you own luck.
The worry is next up is 3 tough games against top9 sides - Arsenal / Everton / Chelsea. Hopefully we can pick something up to keep us above those below.
So where are we?
8 games in