The start Manchester City have made at home under Manuel Pellegrini is on course to smash both club and Premier League records.
21 points from a possible 21 have been collected at the Etihad to start the season, with the Citizens scoring 29 goals to the 2 they have conceded.
With just 2 wins from 8 away matches (4 losses), it’s the home form of Manchester City in the first 15 games of the season that has kept them within 6 points of leaders Arsenal and still the bookmakers’ favourites to win the title this season.
A victory on Saturday at home to Arsenal would go a long way towards Manchester City winning their second Premier League crown.
3-2 winners at Bayern Munich during the week in the Champions League will surely boost the confidence of being able to pick up points on the road back home. City have been beaten at Cardiff City, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sunderland already this season, drawing at both Stoke City and Southampton. It’s only at West Ham and West Bromwich where they have come back with 3 points on their travels.
Manchester City won an incredible 18/19 matches at home during their 2011-12 title-winning campaign under Roberto Mancini, dropping 2 points to Sunderland in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are on course to go 2 points better than that but there’s still a long way to go – 12 more home matches in fact. But with each home match being a comfortable victory so far they’re in good health to become the first ever side to win all 19 home matches in the Premier League in a single season.
Romelu Lukaku of Everton is the only player to give the visitors the lead at the Etihad this season, and that was short-lived. Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners. Wayne Rooney is the only other visiting player to score in the league this season – that came as a consolation in a 4-1 Manchester City win.
Here is how Manchester City have started at home this season:
Hull City are the only side to have conceded 2 or fewer at Manchester City. Everton scoring means they are the only other side to lose by as few as a two-goal margin. Manchester City are averaging just over 4 goals per game at home!
And here’s how that compares to all their previous home seasons in the Premier League, including their days at Maine Road:
Just 7 games in and City have already scored more goals at home this season than they did in during their 1993-94, 1995-96, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Their personal best at home is 55 goals in 19 games.
Defensively, Manchester City’s best record at home was when they conceded only 12 goals during their 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. They’re on pace to concede half as many as those totals.
Having picked up 21 points at home this season, they have already matched their total home points tally of their 2006-07 season. A point versus Arsenal would see them surpass this, a victory over the Gunners would see them match the 24 points they picked up at the City of Manchester Stadium during the whole of 2003-04.
Points at home have always been a big thing for Manchester City – only their 2000-01 relegation season saw them pick up more points on their travels than at home. Having picked up 72% of their total points at home so far this season, only have they picked up a higher percentage of their points at home during the 1995-96 (74%) and 2008-09 (78%) seasons.
Manchester City head into matchday 16 at home to Arsenal with a 6-point deficit on the early league leaders and sitting in fourth position, 1 point below both Liverpool and Chelsea. With the Champions League on hold until February – could we see the 2011-12 Premier League winners put together a streak to take them to the top of the table?