Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City on Course to Smash Last Season's Tally

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City on Course to Smash Last Season's Tally

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CITY might be on course to smash the Premier League records they set in winning the title last season.

In 2017/18 the Blues became the first team in Premier League history to reach a century of points, while they also scored a competition record 106 goals in their 38 games.

After 12 games of that season Pep Guardiola's side were sitting on a stunning return of 34 points.

After a dozen games this season they are two points off that target, but by another metric they're actually seven points better off than last season already.

City dropped points in just five Premier League games last season. This term they've already played three of those fixtures and they've improved on those results in all of them.

Huddersfield held City at the Etihad towards the end of last season, when Guardiola's men had already claimed the title and the Terriers were fighting for their lives. But that shock result was corrected in the second week of this season, with City winning 6-1. Dreams of an invincible season remained in place for the Blues until January last season, when they were beaten 4-3 by Liverpool at Anfield. A second defeat of the season came in the derby at Etihad as United came from behind to win 3-2 and put the title celebrations on hold.

Both of those fixtures have already been played this season, with City drawing at Anfield - a game they could have won had Riyad Mahrez converted his late penalty - and beating United at the weekend.

It's one thing the season another with this Tyrone From these dozen fixtures they've already played this season City took just 25 points last term. Now they have 32. That could put Guardiola's side on for a scarcely credible 107 points if they can match last season's results game-for-game.

Of course it won't be as simple as that. City's rivals look to have improved this season. This is the first time ever three top flight clubs have been undefeated after 12 games and for now Liverpool and Chelsea are threatening to make a title race out of the campaign. …

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