A Comparison

Last updated : 08 October 2009 By Carolina Tiger

After eight games of last season the Tigers were sitting third in the Premiership table only three points behind leaders Liverpool and Chelsea. This season sees a very different look to the Tiger's' plight. Hull City aren't on 17 points but a poultry 7 points and sit third from bottom of the Premier League.

However, the league places and points gained doesn't tell the whole story if we look at the corresponding games played against like for like teams.

First game this season we lost to Chelsea 2-1, last season it was a 0-0 draw and Scolari lost his job.  That means Chelsea zero points in comparison to one point last time.

Second game, a loss to Tottenham Hotspur, last season a loss to Spurs. Still zero points compared to one from last season.

Third game, a home win to Bolton Wanderers, last season we lost to the Trotters at home. So three points compared to one point last season.

Fourth game, Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-1 draw. Last season we didn't play Wolves but they were champions of the Championship so I will replace them with the team coming third bottom in last season's Premiership. Last time we beat Newcastle 2-1 so that would have us at four points as opposed to four points last season.

Fifth game, a loss to Sunderland as we did last season so still tied with four points.

Sixth game, against Birmingham City. As before I will replace a promoted team with a relegated team. Birmingham were runners up in the Championship and Middlesbrough were runners up for the Premiership wooden spoon. This season a loss to the Blues and last season a loss Boro, So still four and four.

Seventh game, against Liverpool and a loss this season but last season a deserved draw. So still on four points but last season we would have been on five.

Eighth game, last time a huge loss to Wigan Athletic but this time a great victory. So seven points compared to five last time.

Looking at the season in a linear way with x-number of games in, as opposed to x-number of games last time, it is not a much clearer way to demonstrate how a season will pan out. It depends on who you are playing and in many cases how a club is faring on the field.

You only have to look at yesterday's fixture of Hull City Vs Wigan Athletic. Wigan came from a famous victory against Chelsea and the Tiger's came back from a mauling at Liverpool.

I suspect that Roberto Martínez Gutiérrez the Wigan boss would not have wanted to play Hull City after we lost to Liverpool. All the pressure is on his team to repeat the victory over Chelsea and go one better and do what Liverpool did to us. That was never going to happen.

By looking at like for like(ish) meetings it is a better comparison of how any club are fafairring in the league.

As it stands the Tigers are doing better to the tune of two more points. If we can keep up this level then we will be safe come May and be playing Premier League football for a third season.