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West Ham beware MW1 king Guardiola

3 Aug 2019
Pep Guardiola, Man City

Spaniard's perfect record at start of season will be a concern for his first opponents in 2019/20

Pep Guardiola can establish himself as the king of Matchweek 1 when the 2019/20 Premier League season gets under way next week.

The Spaniard has won each of his three opening-weekend fixtures in charge of Manchester City, the joint-best record in the competition's history alongside former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark

The next-best record belongs to Jose Mourinho, who won nine of his 10 opening-weekend fixtures with Chelsea and Manchester United, while drawing the other to maintain an unbeaten record.

Perfect starter

Guardiola's Man City visit West Ham United on the first weekend of the 2019/20 campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham will at least have home advantage at London Stadium on Saturday 10 August.

But when the two sides met recently at the Premier League Asia Trophy, Man City triumphed 4-1.

Overall, Man City have won their last eight Matchweek 1 fixtures, conceding just three times, and will be aiming to extend their current winning run to 15 matches to get their title defence off to a perfect start. 

Best managers in Matchweek 1*
  Matches Win %  Points/match 
Pep Guardiola 3 100.0  3.00 
Frank Clark  100.0  3.00 
Jose Mourinho  10  90.0  2.80 
Gerard Houllier 80.0 2.40 
Jurgen Klopp  3 66.7  2.33 

*Minimum three matches

See: How every current PL manager has fared in MW1

See: Everything you need to know about the opening weekend

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