How do Manchester City compare to the Premier League's best?

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Manchester City‘s dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday restored their eight-point lead at the Premier League summit and further enhanced their status as overwhelming title favourites.

Pep Guardiola’s sparkling team have smashed record after record since the start of the season and are currently on a 19-game winning streak in all competitions.

But how do they match up against teams who have made similarly impressive starts to a Premier League campaign?

Arsenal 2003-04 Premier League record after 14 games: W10 D4 L0 F28 A10 Pts 34

One of the most feted teams in the history of English football, Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ became the first side since Preston North End in 1889 to complete a top-flight season unbeaten.

After 14 games of the 2003-04 campaign Arsenal were actually second in the table behind Chelsea, who had flown out of the blocks under Claudio Ranieri.

But Chelsea wilted during the English winter, winning only three of their next eight games, and Arsenal, inspired by Thierry Henry, stormed past to glory.

Arsenal Invincibles

Chelsea 2005-06 Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D1 L1 F33 A7 Pts 37

Chelsea took England by storm in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager in 2004-05, finishing 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table, and they picked up where they had left off the following campaign.

Mourinho’s men won their first nine games and although Manchester United beat them 1-0 in early November, Chelsea were 10 points above them – having played a game more – after 14 matches.

Chelsea responded to the defeat against United with a salvo of 10 successive wins and finished eight points clear at the top despite losing their last two matches.

Chelsea 2005

Manchester United 2006-07 Premier League record after 14 games: W11 D2 L1 F30 A7 Pts 35

Having been left for dead by Chelsea in the previous campaign, there were few expectations United would become front-runners, but Alex Ferguson’s side took the title race by the scruff of the neck with 11 wins in their first 14 games.

United’s early-season form showcased the nascent partnership between Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, whose goals would fire the club to three successive Premier League titles and Champions League glory in 2008.

United finished the 2006-07 season six points clear of Chelsea, who suffered the indignity of having to offer their rivals a guard of honour when they hosted Ferguson’s men on the season’s penultimate weekend.

Manchester United 2007

Manchester City 2011-12 Premier League record after 14 games: W12 D2 L0 F48 A13 Pts 38

The only team to have outscored Guardiola’s City at this stage of a Premier League season, Roberto Mancini’s side made a blistering start to the campaign, averaging 3.43 goals per game in their first 14 matches.

The centrepiece of that run was a seismic 6-1 victory away to defending champions Manchester United in the October, which was their derby foes’ worst home defeat since February 1955.

It left City five points clear of United at the top of the table, but a spring surge by United took the title race right to the wire. Mancini’s men ultimately prevailed on goal difference courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s immortal stoppage-time goal against Queens Park Rangers on the final day.

Manchester City 2012

Manchester City 2017-18 Premier League record after 14 games: W13 D1 L0 F44 A9 Pts 40

Guardiola’s City are the first Premier League team to have amassed 40 points in their first 14 games, their sparkling sequence of victories featuring a 6-0 win at Watford, a 7-2 annihilation of Watford and 5-0 thrashings of Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

Spearheaded by Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, they have not dropped points since a 1-1 draw with Everton on August 21.

Eight points clear of Manchester United, the title seems to beckon and if they win their next two games – at home to West Ham United and away to Manchester United – they will set a new record for successive victories within the same English top-flight campaign.

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Rooney's superb strike for Everton and five great Premier League long-range goals

Tom Allnutt 30/11/2017
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Wayne Rooney added to the Premier League pantheon of long-range goals on Wednesday after his stunning strike for Everton against West Ham.

Rooney, from inside his own half, capitalised on Joe Hart’s rushed clearance at Goodison Park by hammering the bouncing ball first time into an open net.

The goal completed Rooney’s hat-trick and contributed to Everton’s 4-0 victory over West Ham.

Here’s a look at five more of the Premier League’s best long-range strikes.

DAVID BECKHAM, August 1996

When talk turns to halfway-line goals, thoughts immediately go to Beckham’s for Manchester United against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.

The then 21-year-old propelled himself to stardom when he lined up a shot from just inside his own half before chipping Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

The ball was perfectly weighted, brushing the back of the net without a single bounce, and Beckham, mauled by his team-mates, never looked back.

MAYNOR FIGUEROA, December 2009

Figueroa may not have gone on to enjoy Beckham’s glittering career but his strike for Wigan against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium was just as good.

Wigan won a free-kick a couple of yards inside their own half and as both teams shuffled back into position, the quick-thinking Figueroa came darting towards the stationary ball.

The Honduran then rifled it with his left foot over the scrambling Thomas Sorensen and into the corner of the net for one of the league’s greatest ever goals. 

CHARLIE ADAM, April 2015

Adam’s talent for striking the ball is well known but even he must have been surprised by his piece of brilliance at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s attack had broken down and as Stoke countered, Adam received possession midway in his own half.  The midfielder took a touch so that when he unleashed his shot the ball was just short of the tip of the centre circle.

It soared over Thibaut Courtois, who tried to palm the ball out but could not keep it from hitting the net.

XABI ALONSO, September 2006

Alonso had already scored from the halfway line nine months earlier against Luton in the FA Cup and the Spaniard showed his technical excellence once more against Newcastle at Anfield.

Charles N’Zogbia lost possession and Alonso looked left and right to start a counter-attack.

With no obvious option, he instead drilled a shot from just inside the centre circle and while goalkeeper Steve Harper slipped as he rushed back, even on his feet he would have been unlikely to stop a supreme finish. 

LUIS SUAREZ, April 2012

Suarez’s lob against Norwich was perhaps not the longest-range shot in this list, coming as it did around five yards into his opponents’ half, but it was no less impressive.

The Uruguayan bustled past Elliott Ward on the halfway line and scampered forward before driving the ball perfectly beyond John Ruddy and into the Norwich net.

Like Rooney, the goal completed Suarez’s hat-trick at Carrow Road and in the most spectacular fashion.

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Mohamed Salah's phenomenal start at Liverpool - Seven deadly stats

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Mohamed Salah couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his Liverpool career.

He already has 17 goals for the club in all competitions and is leading the way in the Premier League with 14 strikes to his name.

It’s not just about the numbers either, he’s scored a few truly special goals and has proved capable of a variety of finishes.

Nevertheless, the numbers are indeed staggering so here’s a look at seven deadly stats from his incredible start.

MAIN CONTRIBUTOR

Liverpool have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal but Salah has established himself as the main man. The Egyptian has scored the lion’s share of their goals in the Premier League so far.

Leading the league with 12 strikes, he’s accounted for 43% of the team’s tally, only Harry Kane at Tottenham (45%) has contributed a greater share towards his team’s goals.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

RED-HOT FORM

Salah was quick off the blocks in a Liverpool shirt and much like his running style, has only accelerated since. The last few games have seen him put together a particularly impressive run.

He’s now scored three braces in his last four Premier League games, bagging seven goals in that time.

On fire

On fire

FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

If you don’t shoot, you don’t score. Salah’s made sure that he’s had enough attempts though with 43 shots in the league this season. Only Kane has more with 54.

While the Tottenham man is his team’s star striker though, Salah is technically a winger and the number of shots he’s having is a testament to just how much of a threat he is with his ability to drift into space in central positions.

Fire away!

Fire away!

MO EFFICIENT

While his numbers against the appearances he’s made is remarkable, what’s even more impressive is his efficiency in terms of minutes.

Salah doesn’t waste time once he crosses that touchline. He’s managed a goal or assist every 74.78 minutes this season in the league.

Numbers game

Numbers game

SETTING THE BAR

In the last three seasons, no Liverpool player has hit the 15-goal mark in all competitions. Steven Gerrard was the leading scorer for the club in the 2014/15 campaign with 13 goals, a tally matched by Daniel Sturridge in the following season.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho led the way with 14 strikes last term. In his first season at the club, Salah already has 17 goals and it’s only November. The Egyptian is setting the pace.

Leading the pack

Leading the pack

MO THAN A MANE

Sadio Mane was recognised as Liverpool’s chief goal threat over the past couple of seasons and no one would begrudge him that title.

It is then all the more scary to think that Salah already has any goals for Liverpool as the Senegalese international just four months into his tenure.

Mane man

Mane man

PRIDE OF EGYPT

As if his performances and ultimately decisive penalty kick to take Egypt to the World Cup wasn’t enough, Salah is making history as one of the best goal scorers the nation has produced.

With 32 goals in 2017, he’s now scored more than any other Egyptian in a calendar year and still has games to come in December.

Leading Pharaoh

Leading Pharaoh

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