Joey Barton's bold prediction about Man City's Premier League chances has left Twitter mixed

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Manchester City continued their fine start to the season yesterday with another dominant performance, having destroyed Stoke 7-2.

Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva all found themselves on the score-sheet as Stoke struggled to cope with the attacking fluidity of the home side.

What makes the result even more remarkable, is that Man City still managed to score seven despite the absence of Sergio Aguero.

After eight games, City are unbeaten having won seven of those, and in the process have racked up a mightily impressive goal difference of +25.

Pep Guardiola's team are putting in unstoppable performances week after week and it is looking extremely likely that he has assembled a team capable of achieving glory on multiple fronts.

Many have been impressed with City, including Joey Barton, who expressed his admiration for Guardiola's side with a series of tweets earlier this morning. 

But he also made an extremely bold statement that has divided opinions amongst football fans.

Barton controversially claimed that City would walk the league, if they maintain 50% of the level that they displayed yesterday.

Some agreed with the statement, with many agreeing that no Premier League team is capable of matching Guardiola's side.

But some also doubted that City could keep that level of performance up, with some pointing to collapses in recent years as a sign that they will fall away at some point.

Barton may raise a good point; after eight games Manchester City look unstoppable.

They have overcome everything in their path with considerable ease, with other title challenging teams such as Liverpool providing no match for Guardiola's men.

However, there is still 30 games to go, and we have seen many times before a Premier League team looking dominant but then collapsing when they could see the finishing line.

Just remember Kevin Keegan's Newcastle side in 1995/1996 when they blew a 12 point lead at the turn of the year...

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