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Man City make history with five-goal flurry

21 Sep 2019
Nicolas Otamendi, Man City

In their 8-0 win over Watford, champions fastest to go 5-0 up in Premier League history, in 18 minutes

With their 8-0 win over Watford, Manchester City may not have matched the record 9-0 Premier League victory of their biggest rivals Manchester United, but they still managed a competition first. 

The champions went into a 5-0 lead by the 18th minute at the Etihad Stadium, the fastest that a club had taken such a large advantage in a Premier League match.

Until Saturday, the record had been held by Blackburn Rovers, who went 5-0 up against Sheffield Wednesday inside the opening 24 minutes early in the 1997/98 season, before triumphing 7-2.

It was the 10th time overall that a side had scored five times in the first half of a Premier League match. No team have managed six first-half goals. 

Quickest teams to 5-0 leads
Date Mins Team Opposition
21/09/2019 18 Man City Watford
25/08/1997 24 Blackburn Sheff Wed
07/05/2003 26 Arsenal Southampton
16/11/1996 35 Everton Southampton
25/02/2001 38 Man Utd Arsenal
16/05/2015 38 Southampton Aston Villa

While Man City's final tally fell one goal shy of Man Utd's record, claimed in 1995 against Ipswich Town, the victory was the seventh time a Premier League side had claimed an eight-goal winning margin. 

The most recent occasion was Southampton's 8-0 win over Sunderland five years ago.

Biggest winning margins
Date Team Opponent Score
04/03/1995 Man Utd Ipswich 9-0
19/09/1999 Newcastle Sheff Wed 8-0
22/11/2009 Spurs Wigan 9-1
09/05/2010 Chelsea Wigan 8-0
23/12/2012 Chelsea Aston Villa 8-0
18/10/2014 Southampton Sunderland 8-0
21/09/2019 Man City Watford 8-0

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