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Manchester City producing record shattering form in Premier League

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Manchester City has started this campaign in truly blistering fashion. Here are some stats which prove just how brilliant the Premier League leaders have been in Pep Guardiola's second season.

Manchester City is the best team in England. And it's not even close. After ten league games, they remain the only unbeaten side and sit atop the table. Collecting 28 points from a possible 30 - one draw against Everton is the only blemish - is a startling haul. City now sit five points clear of their Manchester rivals, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal struggling to keep pace.
Man City have demonstrated such dominance by playing some truly sumptuous football. Quick, tight passing, fluid, dynamic movement, and ruthless, clinical finishing. The manner in which they operate is as pleasing as the results it has yielded. And the results yielded are quite remarkable.

As a little experiment to contextualise City's blistering start to the season, we extrapolated last ten Premier League results over a full 38-game campaign to see where they would stand if form continues. The outcome was somewhat astonishing.

City would finish the campaign with 106.4 points. The Premier League record stands at 95 (2004/05 Chelsea). That is a 12% increase. The Citizens would concede 22.8 goals, coming close to the lowest total of 15 (Chelsea 04/05). They would score 133 times, surpassing the previous record which stands at 103 (09/10 Chelsea). The current league leaders would also boast a remarkable goal difference of +110.2, comfortably bettering the highest ever achieved, +71 (09/10 Chelsea).

City would not be beating records; they would be shattering them. Additionally, the most home goals scored in a season is 68 (09/10 Chelsea). The Citizens are currently on pace to score 79.8. The most away goals hit in a season is 48 (13/14 Liverpool). City are on track to score 53.2. In all honesty, there are very few records that Guardiola's club isn't on pace to break.
Only two Premier League teams have previously recorded 28 points from opening ten games. Manchester City, under Roberto Mancini (11/12), and Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho (05/06). However, neither can boast the goal difference that this City side currently stands on (+29) - Mancini's side was +28; Mourinho's team was +20.

City is enjoying the best start in Premier League history. Continuing at the same pace will see them become England's greatest domestic side by quite some distance. Now, the sample used was extremely small and, obviously, it is unrealistic to expect the league leaders to carry on producing such results for a full season. The larger the sample size, the more difficult it is to maintain those high standards.

Clearly, Manchester City can't be expected to end the campaign with over 106 points, having scored 133 goals. It is simply not possible to achieve. The process was to depict and demonstrate City's greatness during first ten league games. And it has been something truly special up to now.
Andrew Dowdeswell

A sport obsessed 20 something who just really wants Arsenal to finally win the league. Please Wenger, what the hell happened to you?!

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