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Monday, 30 December 2013

Manchester City: Can free-scoring City smash Premier League goal records?

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Manchester City broke the Premier League record for number of goals scored after 19 games at the weekend. Edin Dzeko's winner against a resolute Crystal Palace not only gave them all three points, it was their 54th in the top flight this season - beating their own previous record in 2011-12.

So with the champions elect sweeping all aside them, can Manuel Pellegrini's men go on to smash Chelsea's record of 103 goals? Of course they can.

DzekoCity can score from all over the park. Even with their main marksman Sergio Aguero out, Pellegrini's men are still hitting the back of the net frequently. Just looking at their stats, they have had 10 different scorers in the league. That purely illustrates the attacking threat they pose. If Aguero or Negredo fail to hit the back of the net, Yaya Toure, James Milner, David Silva or even the captain Vincent Kompnay can pop up and give them a goal. It is quite frightening really.

If we were to take City's 54 goals for the first half of the season and multiply it by two then you get 108 - a figure that smashes the current record. But City's away form has been a major concern and they are still to travel to Newcastle, Spurs, Man United, Hull City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton. They may win the majority, or all, of those games, but I'd be surprised if they blew them all off the park.

However, at home, where they are invincible, City are still to play Cardiff, Chelsea, Sunderland, Stoke, Aston Villa, Fulham, Southampton, West Brom and West Ham. Apart from the visit of Chelsea I can't see too many teams worrying the home fans, do you? With six of them currently fighting to stay in the Premier League there could be some real punishments handed out at the Etihad - although they all would have taken some joy from the way Crystal Palace played at the weekend.

City are definitely on course to smash Chelsea's home scoring record of 68 in 2010. The Citizens only need another 30 from nine games to equal it and that is easily within reach.

But all these records mean nothing unless you actually clinch the title too. That will be City's main goal. Anything beyond that will be a Brucie bonus.

Calling all City fans: Do you think you can smash all scoring records this season? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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