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Build a fortress to win the Premier League

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City fans have had plenty to celebrate at the Etihad this season (©GettyImages)
City fans have had plenty to celebrate at the Etihad this season (©GettyImages).

As this year's Premier League campaign has the possibility of an epic title decider - between Manchester City and Manchester United - at the Etihad Stadium in April, GiveMeFootball looks back at the history books.

Roberto Mancini's men have won every home game in the league so far this season, with Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and of course United left to visit.

Out of nine Premier League squads to have gone the whole season unbeaten at home, six have gone on to win the title.

Arsenal of course were unbeaten at home during the reign of 'The Invincibles' during the 03/04 season when they drew just four times at Highbury - as they went on to claim the domestic crown.

Manchester United have achieved unbeaten seasons on three separate occasions. They went on to win the league with just four home draws in, both, the 95-96 season and again in 99-00. The Red Devils were a 2-2 draw with West Brom, away from a perfect season at Old Trafford last year, as they were crowned Premier League champions for the 12th time.

Liverpool were unfortunate in the 08-09 season, but, ultimately dropping 14 points in games drawn at Anfield meant that an unbeaten home run counted for little but second spot.

Many parallels have been drawn between Manchester City's rise to success and that of Chelsea - when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.

Chelsea went on an unbelievable run of four consecutive seasons where they did not lose in the league at Stamford Bridge between 20004 and 2008. The first season, the Blues won the title drawing five games, and the following year they retained their title - only drawing 1-1 with Charlton Athletic.

The next two years saw the run extended even further, but seven draws over two seasons - like Liverpool - meant second was the best that they could achieve.

Every Manchester City fan would love to go on a four year unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium, but for the time being they will attempt to become the first Premier League team to win all 19 of their home encounters which could ultimately see them crowned champions.

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