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City's record-breaking run in context

WINNING RUN: It's been all smiles so far this season

WINNING RUN: It's been all smiles so far this season

Manchester City’s fine form continues.

A 4-0 win over Swansea on Wednesday saw us register our 15th consecutive Premier League victory and maintain our 11-point lead at the top of the table.

Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side have only dropped two points all season, in the 1-1 draw with Everton, and have taken 49 points from 17 games, scoring 52 goals along the way.

It’s a run of form that has had football statisticians scrambling for the history books to see where it ranks.

So, let’s take a closer look...

City’s 15 wins in a row is the longest winning sequence in the history of English football’s top four tiers.

Arsenal managed 14 in 2002, as did Preston North End in 1951 and both Manchester United and Bristol City in 1905.

Bill Nicholson’s brilliant Tottenham side managed 13 in 1960 as they flew out of the blocks en route to the double the following year, and Chelsea managed 13 during their run to last season’s title.

ROCKET: Kevin De Bruyne's thunderous free kick flies through a wall of bodies and into the back of the net.

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But no side can match the Blues. 

City can also lay claim to having made the best start to an English top-flight season after 17 matches.

If we go back to 1888 when the Football Association began, City’s 49 points from 17 games is the best any top-flight side has ever managed, even if you adjust the records of teams pre-1981 who received just two points for a win.

MATCH REPORT: Swansea 0-4 City

HIGHLIGHTS: Swansea 0-4 City

Tottenham (1960-61) and Chelsea (2005-06) had 46 points at this stage, and Preston (1888-89) managed 45.

City had 44 at this stage of the 2011-12 season, which ended in our first league title in 44 years, as did United (2006-07 and 1993-94), Everton (1969-70) and Liverpool (1990-91).

And, finally, Guardiola now holds the record for the longest winning run in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga.

He managed 19 on the bounce with Bayern Munich in 2014 and 16 with Barcelona in 2011. 

Indeed, Bayern's 19-match winning streak is the longest in European football history. Can City match it? 

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