Two particular types of surprise have cropped up repeatedly.
‘Not Even Close’
Firstly, there has been the ‘not even close’ result between two big clubs who on paper and by reputation should have been reasonably evenly matched. It has happened often enough to deserve its own acronym; “NEC”.
As in” Manchester City’s victory over Manchester United was another NEC”.
“Chelsea beat Arsenal 6-0 in another NEC slaughter”.
“Liverpool thrash Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the latest NEC”.
The other repeated surprise feature has been when a relative minnow has pulled off a surprise victory against a giant in top form. Aston Villa defeating Arsenal at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the season set the tone for what was to follow. Cardiff beating Man City. Hull defeating Liverpool. Sunderland beating Man City. Norwich beating Spurs. Stoke defeating Arsenal and Villa getting the better of Chelsea. Everyone beating Man United.
In Need of a Surprise
We are really going to need one of those results at Anfield this weekend. They are on their best run of form since their glory days and have already thrashed us at White Hart Lane with a couple of their best players missing.
Can’t see it happening though, can you?