With just over a month of the season played and the seventh round of matches due to take place across the next two nights, the league is starting to take shape. Newcastle have surprised us all with their assertive start, but an evening trip to Bloomfield Road will pose a different sort of challenge to their first three away games. Seven points have been acquired at the relatively salubrious surroundings of the Hawthorns, Selhurst Park and the Cardiff City Stadium, but Barton & Co may have to dig a little deeper tomorrow: the Seasiders have themselves made a decent start, and as Wigan discovered a few weeks ago, the modest, but improving, Bloomers is no place for prima donnas of an evening.
In the bottom half, Peterborough are taking a little more time to adjust than we expected. Word is that they are making clumsy defensive errors, which are undermining their obvious prowess going forwards. On first sight, a backline of Russel Martin, Craig Morgan, Gabriel Zaukani and Tom Williams appears rickety and the Posh may have to supplement their small squad soon. The goals haven’t exactly been flying in at the other end, either, but an Aaron Mclean-Craig Mackail-Smith front two supported by the cultured George Boyd ought to be worth sticking with.