Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Close in on Record Points Haul for Halfway Stage of Campaign

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Close in on Record Points Haul for Halfway Stage of Campaign

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CITY could be on course to hold the biggest mid-season lead in Premier League history.

Pep Guardiola's men beat United 2-1 on Sunday to move 11 points clear at the summit with three games to go until the season's halfway point.

If they preserve that advantage until Christmas, they will equal the record midway margin for a 20-team Premier League.

The M.E.N. looks back at the three previous teams who held doublefigure leads at halfway and how they fared. ¦ 2005-06 Leaders: Chelsea, 52pts: Nearest challengers: Manchester United, 41 Seventeen wins from their first 19 games had Chelsea 11 points clear and they could afford to ease off in the second half, eventually winning the league by eight points. Frank Lampard led Chelsea's march with 16 league goals from midfield and 20 in all competitions. …

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