It is difficult to believe but Manchester City have yet to keep a clean sheet this season! At the beginning of the season to think that Joe Hart would be without a clean sheet was unfathomably.
This week Sunderland visit the Eastlands and perhaps give Roberto Mancini’s men their best opportunity yet to register their first clean sheet.
It must be noted that Sunderland did travel to the Emirates Stadium at the start of the season and get a clean sheet on the opening day but since this match it has been evident that Sunderland are struggling to make chances, especially on their travels. So far they have only had 13 attempts on goal over their 3 away games averaging one shot every 22 minutes which is the worst in the Premier League.
Steven Fletcher is the only real threat from Sunderland at the moment and after signing for a questionable fee the recently recalled Scotsman has scored 5 goals in his first four games for the Black Cats.
Mark Hughes is still waiting on his team to click and start producing results as his current crop of players are under achieving. There are a lot of factors that this can be attributed to but the fact of the matter is that until they start playing a settled team it will be very difficult to get the results required for the Oars to maintain their Premier League status.
West Brom have looked great this season and Steve Clarke is doing a supurb job having stepped up from being a career long assistant manager. Clarke has made the Hawthorns a fortress as the Baggies fans have yet to see their side concede a goal at home all season. Their Clean Sheets have come against Liverpool, in form Everton and Reading and with QPR next up for the Baggies it is a great opportunity to add to this impressive run.
When we look at the attacking threat of QPR on the road it is not very impressive as they have the third worst record on the road. On average they only manage 5-6 goal attempts and with a conversion rate of less than 11% does bode well for another West Brom clean sheet!