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Man City target winning start to title defence

11 Jun 2019
Bernardo Silva v Arsenal

Champions aim to follow title triumph with fourth successive opening-weekend victory when they begin season at West Ham

Manchester City proved unstoppable in the final third of last season, winning 14 straight Premier League matches as they secured their fourth title.

Pep Guardiola's side will be confident of continuing that momentum when the 2019/20 season starts.

And history suggests Man City will be fully prepared for their opener at West Ham United on 10 August.

City have won all three of their opening matches as defending champions.

They beat Southampton 3-2 at the start of 2012/13 and overcame Newcastle United 2-0 in 2014/15, before triumphing 2-0 at Arsenal in Matchweek 1 last season with goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

Champions on opening weekend 
P W D L Win %
27 21 4 2 78

Reigning champions have proven to be tough opponents on the opening weekend in general, with few suffering a prolonged hangover after their celebrations in May.

For 24 successive PL seasons, the defending title-winners started unbeaten the following campaign.

Up to the start of 2016/17, out of a possible 72 points up for grabs for teams who had lifted the Trophy, only eight had ever been dropped. 

Leicester and Chelsea shocks

That long unbeaten run came to an end when Leicester City lost 2-1 at promoted Hull City in August 2016.

Chelsea then followed suit with a 3-2 home defeat by Burnley in 2017/18.

But Man City ensured they did not make it a hat-trick of fallen champions, by winning at Arsenal last August.

See: Everything you need to know about the opening weekend

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