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Tuesday 26 November 2013

Manchester City on course to beat goals record

Manuel Pellegrini's side ahead of scoring rate set by Chelsea in record-breaking 2009/10 campaign

Man City have scored 26 goals at the Etihad Stadium this season

Manchester City are on course to break the record for the most goals scored by a club in a Barclays Premier League campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini's side rattled six goals past Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to take their tally for the 2013/14 campaign to 34, which is five goals more than Chelsea had mustered after the same number of matches during the 2009/10 campaign.

The West Londoners became the only side to break a century of goals when they claimed their third Barclays Premier League title under Carlo Ancelotti four seasons ago by amassing 103 goals over 38 matches, but if City manage to continue their free-scoring form at their current rate of 2.83 goals a game they are projected to find the net on 107 occasions this term.

City's home form has been integral to their impressive strike-rate this season, with 26 of their 34 goals (76%) coming at the Etihad Stadium. That return is double that of leaders Arsenal and second-placed Liverpool and more than they have managed in six of their previous Barclays Premier League campaigns.

However, although City are scoring with abandon this term, there is no guarantee their attacking prowess will deliver their second title in three seasons. While Chelsea's 29 goals after 12 matches had established a five-point lead for Ancelotti's team at the top of the Barclays Premier League table in November 2009, City lie in joint-fourth place, six points behind leaders Arsenal.

Regardless of which side scores the most goals this season, the indications are that we are on course for one of the most competitive campaigns in recent memory.

To see Chelsea's results from the 2009-10 campaign, click here

To see Man City's results so far this season, click here

Manchester City have scored 34 goals after 12 matches, five more than Chelsea in 2009/10

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Key Points

  • Manchester City on course to break Barclays Premier League goal record
  • Manuel Pellegrini's side have scored 34 goals in 12 matches
  • If they continue scoring at current rate City will better Chelsea's 2009/10 record by four goals