The Manchester City rear guard has come in for some serious scrutiny over the last few weeks and rightly so given their recent results. Their most recent slip against Southampton will have come as a major shock to many as the champions look to retain their title.
What may however surprise fantasy managers is that fact that despite some disappointing displays Hart is currently the highest ranking goalkeeper in the Irish Times Fantasy Premier. With 72 points to his credit the City shot stopper has eleven clean sheets to his name this season which undoubtedly will have gone unnoticed by many.
While Hart currently sits in fifth in the form table his upcoming fixtures could see that all change over the coming weeks. City go into the final 12 games of the season some 12 points behing their Manchester rivals their fixtures over the coming weeks will certainly give them the opportunity to close the gap on United and with Hart and City looking to make amends after they conceded five goals in their last two games now could be the time to get on board.
Hart’s clean sheet record shows that he has been at his almost just as good away from home that he has been at the Eithad, with six of Hart’s eleven clean sheets coming infront of the City faithful. City face Chelsea, Wigan, Newcastle, West Brom,West Ham and Norwich at home over the closing stages of the season and while there are undoubtedly some tough games to come at the Eithad it is worth noting that City have not conceded more than one goal against any of the above mentioned opposition in their last meetings at the Eithad.
On the road City travel to Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester United, Tottenham, Swansea and Reading and while their away fixtures are decidedly more difficult than their home games their away day opponents too have not managed to score more than once against City in this fixture the last time the sides met away from the Eithad.
There is no doubting that the absence of Vincent Kompany has had an adverse effect on the City defence over the last two games but with the City captain due to return in time for round 28 normal service at the back could be resumed and Hart can go back to collecting clean sheets.