Can Manchester City Beat Chelsea’s Record Premier League Points Tally?

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Updated: November 16, 2017

In May 2005 Chelsea Football Club lifted their first top division title in 50 years. In doing so, Jose Mourinho’s men broke Manchester United’s 11-year record for the total number of points recorded in a single Premier League season, an astounding 95.

In winning the title in the Portuguese’s first season in charge, the Blues also broke the record for the highest number of clean sheets, 25, and the most away wins, 15 from 19 matches. The following season, in retaining their crown, Chelsea also broke the record for highest number of home wins in a Premier League season, 18, a record that has now been equalled by United in 2010/11 and Manchester City a year later.

In 2009/10, Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti won their first title since 2006, setting in the process a goals scored record of 103 in a 38 game campaign. And last season, under Antonio Conte’s charge, the Blues set yet another record, winning 30 of their 38 matches, a feat never before achieved. They are all in their own right formidable records.

Surely they’ll take years to be broken? Or will they? Well if you look at Manchester City’s start to the current campaign perhaps not. Under Pep Guardiola’s watch in the Catalan’s second season in charge at the Etihad, City have made an imperious and ominous start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

Imperious City

10 victories from 11 matches, with just two points dropped at home to Everton back in August, point to a campaign to remember for Guardiola and his attacking outfit.

The Citizens already lead the table from cross-city rivals United and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur by eight points and have rattled home 38 goals, conceding just seven in reply. City are looking indestructible at the moment and it is difficult to see who can halt their all guns blazing charge towards a fifth top division title.

Guardiola’s first season in charge ultimately ended in disappointment as the club failed to pose an effective challenge for the Premier League crown and fell short in the Champions League, losing surprisingly on away goals to AS Monaco in the quarter-finals and to Arsenal in May’s FA Cup final. Pep sought with the backing of the board during the summer, to spend whatever was necessary to mould a squad capable of wrestling back the Premier League crown, a trophy last won back in 2014 under his predecessor Mauricio Pellegrini. World record fees for a goalkeeper and defender were splashed on Benfica’s Ederson Moraes and right-back Kyle Walker while big money ensured the captures of Danilo from Real Madrid and left-back Benjamin Mendy and attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva from their Champions League conquerors of last season, Monaco.

Attack The Best Form Of Defence

With a plethora of attacking talent to choose from and improved defensive options now available boosted by the return from injury of captain Vincent Kompany, Guardiola seemingly possesses a squad capable of challenging on all fronts this season.

With Sergio Aguero now the club’s all-time top goalscorer, and Gabriel Jesus to lead the line, ably supported by the likes of David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, City look set to continue their dominance of the division upon the resumption of league duties this coming weekend with a trip to 2016 champions Leicester City.

Back in 2004, Chelsea had accumulated 26 points from a possible 33 available to them after the same number of games. City are already five clear of that statistic with 27 matches remaining.

Yes there will be tough tasks to come, but an emphatic 5-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and a hard-fought 1-0 victory over reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge suggests City have nothing to fear going forward.

City On Course To Break Records Galore

Chelsea won the 2004/05 season by averaging 2.5 points per match. City are currently averaging 2.82 a match and will only need to average 2.41 points a match from their remaining 27 to win the title with a new record points total. Who knows they could even break the 100-point barrier if they keep going the way they are at the moment. They may not break all of Chelsea’s records this season but with an average of 3.36 goals per game thus far, they need only to score an average of 2.44 goals per game to break the West Londoner’s 103-goal mark.

City’s goal for the season will not however be to break records but to win silverware. Having won four matches from four, scoring 12 goals in the process, City have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and will be looking to finally end their wait for glory in European football’s premier club competition.

At this moment in time meanwhile, their wait for a fifth top flight title looks assured. But then who knows with football? Guardiola, a born winner, certainly won’t let them rest on their laurels.

City are currently overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League crown, as short as 1/8 with Sun Bets. You can get all the best football and sporting odds by visiting the following link: https://www.sunbets.co.uk/sports/betting/Football/competitions/Premier%20League%20Outrights.

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