A storming start to next season will see Manchester City break a Premier League record they set 18 months ago.
Pep Guardiola’s side clocked up 18 straight wins between August and December in 2017 as they built an unassailable lead at the top of the division, eventually reaching 100 points as they claimed the title .
That stretch remains the most any side has managed in a single campaign but the Blues could overtake it as a streak in competitive matches. They won their final 14 games of last season to overtake Liverpool at the top of the table and become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League. Should they win their first five matches of the next season , City will beat their own record for consecutive league wins – and also get off to a flier in their hunt for a third title in a row.
While the Blues have become used to winning every week, they have only managed to win their first five games in one of the last three years. They beat Sunderland, Stoke, West Ham, United, and Bournemouth in Guardiola’s first season in charge, also beating Swansea before being defeated at Tottenham in their seventh game.
However, Everton held them to a draw in August 2017 and Wolves did the same 12 months later. The 2019/20 Premier League fixtures are released on Thursday at 9am.