Manchester City have swept all before them in the Premier League. They’ve become only the third side to beat every other Premier League side in a single season. Apart from their slight blip in the FA Cup where they were knocked out by Wigan, they’ve won the League Cup, are many people’s favourites for the Champions League. They have all but wrapped up the Premier League title, which could be won at the Etihad with a win against Manchester United this weekend (a mouth-watering prospect).
On top of all that, they have the potential to break a whole host of Premier League records between now and the end of the current campaign:
– Earliest title-winning date
– Most points
– Most wins
– Most home wins
– Most away wins
– Most goals
– Most away goals
– Biggest positive goal difference
– Biggest title-winning points margin
– Most assists in a single campaign (Kevin De Bruyne)
Some would argue that if City went on to win the league without breaking any of the above, the style of football they’ve produced would all be a grand enough achievements to suggest they’re the greatest ever Premier League side. However, these records would really be the cherry on top of a sublime Premier League season – this team will want to be remembered in many different ways.
Thus, two questions remain when looking at the list above…Can they break them all, and if they are to accomplish it, whose records must they break?
Earliest Title Winning Date:
The thought of Manchester City securing the title at the Etihad this weekend with a victory over their Manchester rivals in a mouth-watering prospect for both City and football fans alike! It’s the perfect match up: Red vs. Blue, Guardiola vs, Mourinho, 1st vs. 2nd – Premier League matches really don’t get any bigger than this.
What’s more, they’d be taking the record away from Manchester United, whose title winning side of 2000/01 won the league with five games to spare – City will have done it with six if they beat them at the weekend and I don’t think many will be betting against them!
Highest Points Tally
The Citizens are on course to go where no Premier League side has ever gone before and cross the threshold of 100 points. They currently sit on 84, and if they win their final seven games, will reach 105, which will eclipse the previous record set by Chelsea’s 04/05 title winning side by a staggaring 10 points…it may be something we never see again in the league, such has been the dominance of Man City this season. Yes, they weren’t invincible but to be sole members of the 100 club is an exceptional feat.
Man Utd (H)
West Ham (A)
Four wins in their remaining Premier League fixtures (above) – that looks pretty achievable!
Most Goals & Best Goal Difference
City’s attack has been potent this year, with the likes of Aguero and Sterling finding fantastic form in front of goal, and Kevin De Bruyne and Silva picking out the crucial passes to play them in – it’s been a stunning attacking display. So far, they’ve scored 88 goals, which is 15 behind the current record, held by Chelsea’s 2009/10 side.
With seven games remaining, they would need to average 2.14 goals a game, which is very doable given the form their strike force has been in this season…especially now we can add Gabriel Jesus to the equation once again.
Breaking that record would also all but seal the best positive goal difference record too. Chelsea’s 2009/10 squad managed +71. City have comfortably put many of the bottom half sides to the sword this season, and also haven’t exactly leaked goals of late, so achieving a +5 goal difference in their remaining fixtures looks rather attainable too..
Most Away Goals
One record that would be mightily impressive to break, would be Liverpool’s tally of 48 away goals scored in a season – achieved in 2013/14. City currently have 37 but have to play Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton away from home…the chances of them slotting 10 goals in those three games is possible but not likely, especially given they have to play Spurs, who have been brilliant in 2018.
What’s more, Guardiola may not risk playing too expansively away from home, given they still have the Champions League to think about. City’s 2nd XI is extremely skilled itself but I doubt it has the attacking threat to score ten in three games.
Mo Salah and Kevn De Bruyne are the two favourites for Player of the Year and the latter could still break Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a Premier League season. The Belgian has 15 to his name so far with seven games to play – don’t bet against him leapfrogging the famous Frenchman.
This Manchester City side is a product of the Pep Guardiola philosophy and as a result has dominated possession, played stunning football, scored for fun and been defensively sound for the most part. If they were to win the league, with over 100 points, and break the rest of the records while they’re at it, they’ll go down as the best ever side to play in the Premier League.
The only question that remains for me is whether the players can stay fully motivated if they win the league at the Etihad this weekend, as their focus may shift to the Champions League and performances may slip as a result. We shall just have to see.