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Sublime City Still Catchable with Winter Challenges Ahead

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Guardiola’s troops haven’t put a foot wrong this season and have surged ahead leaving the other Premier League big boys in their wake after another impressive win, this time a 3-1 rout of Arsenal at home. City look like a different team from the one that finished 15 points behind the former champions Chelsea last year.

The Citizens have won 15 games on the bounce in all competitions and have now made it 9 league wins in a row. Guardiola has seen his side dismantle teams with effortless execution. Going into the international break, City have scored 38 goals in the league, which is 15 more than nearest challengers Manchester United.

Every time the Sky Blues venture forward it looks like ending in a goal. The creativity and imagination on offer is simply too much for opposition teams to currently deal with.

West Ham United Vs Manchester City
West Ham United Vs Manchester City” (CC BY 2.0) by joshjdss

With City blowing teams apart and blazing the trail, it is hard to see where they may slip up. However, one doesn’t have to look too far ahead as the changing of the seasons hasn’t always been kind to City. From August to October in the last two seasons, City averaged 2.3 points a game; during the months of November to January, they have only managed 1.8 points per game. The winter challenges City face are very real ones that could open the door for the chasing pack.

With away trips to Newcastle, United, and Liverpool over December and January, they will need big performances as they also have to entertain Spurs at home in mid-December. City still look nailed on to win the league at 1/7 without having entered the winter period yet. Punters who don’t fear City’s fixture list over the festive period can currently qualify for £60 in free bets from Betfred.

History has a habit of repeating itself but, after City’s rampant start, it becomes a lot harder to imagine that their momentum will be halted this time. The emergence of Kevin De Bruyne as one of the world’s most dynamic midfielders is spurring City on. If the Belgian international can stay fit, then City should negotiate the colder times and enjoy a festive Christmas.

Kevin de Bruyne free kick (Otamendi goal)
Kevin de Bruyne free kick (Otamendi goal” (CC BY 2.0) by five til noon

When you are putting teams to the sword like City currently are, the job begins to get a bit harder. Every team will see it as their cup final and be up for the challenge. Claiming a big scalp to boost their season is what the opposing teams will be trying to do. Winter is coming and the Sky Blues will be looking to avoid grey skies.

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