Three league games and three wins. Now we have Birmingham at home, in what looks to be a perfect opportunity to make it four wins out of four and finish August as the league leaders.
I’m not sure that we’ll be scoring five goals again though. Birmingham have only conceded one goal from their three Premier League games this season and that was against Manchester United.
Unfortunately for Alex McLeish’s side, they are struggling to score goals, having netted only once in the league this season (and even that was a hotly-disputed 92nd minute penalty). Whereas we breezed through our Carling Cup game this week, Brum had to come from behind to secure a late 2-1 over Southampton.
So I fully expect us to win. A first clean sheet of the season would be nice and I’m backing 2-0. We will field the same team that beat West Ham last weekend and if we’re lucky we might get the chance to boo Stephen Carr, who will have to make do with, now that we’re unlikely to ever see the real Judas again. That is of course, if Carr isn’t too busy polishing all the medals that he won at Newcastle.
The last time that they were in the Premier League, Birmingham did the double over us. That is the sort of statistic that we need to see an end of, if we are to challenge for anything this season. The boy Keane has six goals from his last seven games against Birmingham and with Defoe in red-hot form, we should have way too much firepower for them.