With all of the talk surrounding Manchester City and their £150 million Summer Transfer Window, the club has started the new season in the same form they ended the 2014-2015 season. Manchester City earned six consecutive Barclays Premier League victories to end last season and have started the 2015-2016 season with four more wins. With the streak reaching double digits, City has broken a club record that had stood since 1912.
After setting a new club record, the attention will turn to the longest win streak in the history of the Premier League. According to The Premier League website Arsenal currently holds the record with 14 consecutive victories. The Gunners earned the incredible win streak from February-August of 2002. The Gunners possessed an incredible squad that went on to earn an unbeaten season in 2003-2004. The squad made up of superstars like Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera, and Dennis Bergkamp became known as The Invincibles for becoming the first team to finish a Premier League campaign without defeat.
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For now, City will be focused on winning games and building their lead atop the Premier League table. An unbeaten season is still 28 games away from becoming reality and players will not be thinking about this achievement. However, City is just four wins away from tying the Premier League record and five away from owning the record all by themselves.
After overcoming tough tests to start the new season against the likes of Chelsea at the Etihad and Everton at the historically difficult ground of Goodison Park, the Citizens face several tough tests in their pursuit of the record. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule for City.
September 12th at Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace was expected to be a mid-table team, but has started the season in great form and currently sits second with nine points after a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This will be a tough test for the Citizens, considering the fact that Palace defeated City in the same fixture last season.
September 19th vs West Ham
One of the hardest teams to figure out in the Premier League this season, West Ham has earned victories over Liverpool at Anfield and Arsenal at the Emirates, the Hammers have performed well against the biggest clubs in England. At home the club has suffered defeat to the likes of AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City. City is strong at the Etihad, but the Hammers have been incredible on their travels thus far.
September 26th at Tottenham
Some expected Tottenham to contend for a place in the top four, but their start to the season has quieted expectations. Spurs have started the season with three draws and a loss. This has the club sitting 16th in the table and just one point away from the relegation zone. The squad is better than the results and City will face a tough test at White Hart Lane.
October 3rd vs Newcastle
A winnable game for City, the Magpies travel to the Etihad in early October. Newcastle has been poor to start the season, earning just two points through four games. Many expected Newcastle to fight to avoid relegation and their start has added fuel to the fire. The Magpies have scored just two goals this season and have failed to find the back of the net since Opening Day. City will like their chances of tying the record against Newcastle, if they make it to 13 consecutive wins.
October 17th vs AFC Bournemouth
With a chance to earn the record, City could face AFC Bournemouth at the Etihad. The newly promoted side has looked bright to start the season, but the results haven’t backed that up. If City can reach 14 consecutive wins and face the newly promoted side at home, look for Manuel Pellegrini’s squad to put on an inspired performance in order to take the record streak to 15.