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Are Man City worthy of their soon-to-be-records or have the bottom half of the league been really, really terrible?

Pep Guardiola's side have been sensational, but have the bottom ten teams gifted them a few records?

Admit it, this season has been a bit s**t.

Man City had basically won the Premier League before a ball had even been kicked.

Despite Pep Guardiola’s side playing some jaw-dropping football, did we realistically expect anything else when you spend a small country’s GDP on full-backs?

Free hugs for everyone

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Free hugs for everyone

The success of City is such that they are on course to overhaul several records set by some of Chelsea’s title winning sides of the past.

Pep’s men are currently just two points short of Chelsea record number of 95 points from the 2004/05 season.

City are also two goals shy of breaking Chelsea record of 103 goals scored in 2009/10.

They’ve been bloody brilliant.

2005, Arjen Robben still had hair

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2005, Arjen Robben still had hair

It hasn’t exactly been light work for City to break all these long-held records, well, actually, it has for the most part.

The shocking showings from the bottom-half teams this season have been pretty pivotal to City’s points haul.


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The last two seasons have seen a stark emergence of a juggernaut big six in the Premier League.

Leicester’s fairy-tale title success seems a distant memory now after the top teams sorted their s**t out recently.

Only really Crystal Palace out of the bottom-half have managed to give City a real fright this season, holding Pep’s side to a stalemate on New Year’s Eve.

Luka Milivojevic (try saying that after a few Rodallega bombs) had his pen saved

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Luka Milivojevic (try saying that after a few Rodallega bombs) had his pen saved

As it stands, ten teams currently sit below the magical 40-point mark that they all so desperately crave.

With most teams still having three games to play, it all means that there will be some pretty low points totals this season.

The Premier League’s demise is now such that Sam Allardyce’s Everton are in 8th place on 48 points.

And they’ve been awful for the most part.

Tactical genius

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Tactical genius

City nonchalantly brushed aside the challenge from West Ham last weekend with a 4-1 win, becoming the fastest team to score 100 goals in the modern era.

It’s these “gimme” results that have elevated the Manchester club to their dizzy heights.

Far too often have the bottom half teams turned up at the Etihad and rolled over before a ball has even kicked.

Kevin De Bruyne and co have treated the rest of the league like the multi billion pounds equivalent of Year 11 vs Year 7 in the playground.

“Call me maybe”

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“Call me maybe”

However, the whole ‘City have only opened the record books because of how bad the others have been’ argument falls down when you look at their record against the other ‘big’ teams.

City have managed 24 points in the top six mini-league, with defeats to Liverpool and Man United the only blots in their copybook to date.

Following the 3-2 defeat in the Manchester derby, City lost the chance to beat the record held by their noisy neighbours of winning the title with five games remaining.

City are so good that Zabaleta pretends he still plays for them

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City are so good that Zabaleta pretends he still plays for them

Should they win on their final day visit to Southampton, the now three-time league champions will topple Chelsea’s record of the most away points.

The blues achieved 48 points on the road in 2004/05, with City just one point short with one away game remaining.

City are also on course to better Chelsea’s record goal difference tally of +71, with City currently on +76.

While the relegation fodder at the bottom of the table battle it out till the very end, City have been out on a non-stop exhibition tour.

Unless the rest of the league buck up their ideas, and quick, this could just be the beginning of a very long period of dominance under Guardiola.

We could be seeing this a lot more often (not Jack Rodwell in the background though)

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We could be seeing this a lot more often (not Jack Rodwell in the background though)

So maybe they are actually just quite good after all and Pep isn’t a fraud?

Fair play

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Fair play

Here’s a frightening list of all the records that City have either beat, equalled or could still get this season…

The records smashed:

Consecutive Premier League wins

City total 18

Previous record: 13

Previous record holder: Chelsea

Most passes in a Premier League game

City total: 902

Previous record: 843

Previous record holder: City


Records equalled:

Games to play with the title won

City total: 5

Previous record: 5

Previous record holder: Man United 2000/01

Most wins

City total: 30

Current record: 30

Record holder: Chelsea (2016/17)

Most away wins

City total: 15

Current records: 15

Record holder: Chelsea 2004/05


Records still to break:

Most points

City total: 93

Current record: 95

Record holder: Chelsea 2004/05

Most away points

City total: 47

Current record: 48

Record holder: Chelsea 2004/05

Most goals scored

City total: 102

Current record: 103

Record holder: Chelsea 2009/10

Goal difference

City total: +76

Current record: +71

Record holder: Chelsea 2009/10

Points ahead of second place

City total: 16

Current record: 18

Record holder: Man United 1999/00


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