Antecedent to last weekend, Manchester City’s season had not been notably impressive considering the wealth of talent (both literally and metaphorically) within their ranks.
Defeats to Cardiff, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Sunderland left them sitting 9th in the table on the eve of a crucial fixture in which they entertained a revamped Tottenham.
Their slow start was admittedly expected due to the actuality that City were one of several clubs to undergo managerial adjustments over the summer but nevertheless, three points were essential if they were to keep within grasp of high-flying Arsenal.
Albeit, Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s emphatic 6-0 win over a Tottenham line-up which included a £73million selection of summer signings Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela may certainly be seen as a vital catalyst in their anticipated title charge by May next year.
Prior to their visit to the Etihad, The north London side had kept an impressive away record.
They had the lowest goal difference in the league having conceded only six goals in 11 games, with only one of those coming from their five fixtures on the road.
This modest tally was not to last any longer as it was irrevocably devastated with their capitulation at the Etihad.
The resounding win comes after a 7-0 demolition of Norwich in their Premier League home game as they augment their title-winning credentials.
In combination with a 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow and a 4-2 victory over Viktoria Plzen in their Champions League group games, the Blues have now scored an incredibly healthy amount of goals in their last three home games in November.
City’s home form is nothing short of exquisite, they are yet to drop a single point on home soil with 18 points accumulated from an available 18.
Their unrelenting strike force’s clinical finishing on Sunday meant they have now scored in 56 successive home games, just 10 off Manchester United’s record of 66 which was set in April earlier this year.
The only team to have beaten them this calendar year at home are champions of Europe Bayern Munich, who have lost only three times from 65 Bundesliga and Champions League games since 25 August 2012.
In total, Man City have scored 26 goals in six league games at home in their 2013-14 campaign, more than any other team have scored in all 12 home and away fixtures.
Their gargantuan total of goals at the Etihad is already more than in five of their previous Premier League campaigns, showing Pelligrini’s profound impact on City’s offensive ruthlessness.
This season they have conceded just two in response resulting in a monumental goal difference of 24 at home, scoring an average of 4 goals a game.
The multi-million squad assembled by Sheikh Mansour has simultaneously overcome strong rivals such as Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham.
Therefore no matter which way you look at it, a third of the way through the season, their home form suggests they are on course to capture a fourth league title.
In domestic competition City have averaged three goals per home game in 2013, having scored 45 in just 15 games and their current form suggests that trend is unlikely to change in the near future.
It is indisputable that the Citizens are impenetrable as the hosts, but what is the cause for their travel sickness?
Their tally on the road is dramatically different. In terms of their 2013/14 campaign their sum of points gathered on the road drastically varies from that amassed in home surroundings.
Of six away games this season, they have won just one and lost four. They have scored just eight on the road, conceding 10, leaving them with a -2 goal difference. Evidently this is a stark contrast from their healthy home record.
So what are the possible reasons for why their results on the road such a stark contrast from their invincibility on home turf?
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