Manchester City: The Citizens are massive title favorites

Manchester City were on their blistering best as they blitzed past Stoke City with a 7-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday.

The Citizens unleashed the onslaught in the seventeenth minute through Gabriel who exhibited a fine display that saw him net a brace in the encounter.

Best of all however was Kevin De Bruyne who put up a buccaneering performance as City registered six different goal scorers.

The performance was a huge statement of intent to their closest title challengers Manchester United who could only manage a 2-2 draw against Mark Hughes’s side earlier in the season.


Free scoring

Manchester City seem to be scoring at will this season and it was no surprise that everything they hit against Stoke found the back of the net.

The victory over the Potters was just one of their many free scoring expeditions that include a 5-0 decimation of Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel and Leroy Sane have amassed a total of 22 goals in the Premier League this season; the presence of alternative goal scoring options helping to their cause.


Lead the log

The victory propelled City back to the helm of the Premier League with 22 points, two points ahead of neighbors United who had momentarily led the log after a goalless draw with Liverpool.

Guardiola’s charges have moved from leading the table by alphabetical order to goal difference and now by two points in their last three games.

This puts them in a pivotal position to widen the gap as the Premier League continues to gain momentum.


Top manager

Pep Guardiola may have received a hostile reception to the Premier League having not won a trophy last season for the first time in his illustrious career, but the Manchester City manager has seemingly adhered to the intensity of the English game.

There is a feel-good factor about his approach and style of play, one that may guide City to Premier League glory.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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