Record hunt continues for Manchester City as Blues prepare for Stoke trip

Ed Higgins

Manchester City head to Stoke as they look to put last Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Basel behind them.

Pep Guardiola’s men don’t have the best of records on Monday nights and Stoke away is a tough fixture for any team in the Premier League, but the blues are comfortably at the top of the table and on course for a record points tally. While the Potters are currently deep in a relegation fight and sit 19th in the table.

City will be without star Striker Sergio Aguero for the trip. The forward revealed on Twitter that he had discomfort in his knee and will be out for approximately two weeks.

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Gabriel Jesus is expected to return to the City starting line-up for the first time in the Premier League since suffering a knee injury back in December.

The Blues ran out 7-2 winners the last time the two sides met at the Etihad in October and City boss Pep Guardiola will want another dominating performance from his side as they march towards the Premier League title.

Currently sitting 13 points clear at the top of the table, it seems to only be a matter of time before the Premier League trophy returns to the Etihad.

City have remained at the top of the Premier League since their six-goal mauling of Watford away in September and have only slipped up once this season, when they were on the wrong end of a 4-3 thriller away to Liverpool.

The record for the earliest title win is held by their cross city rivals, Manchester United, who won it with five games to go in the 2000/01 season.

City will beat this record provided The Blues maintain their winning streak in the league and manage to beat both Stoke City and Everton and finish off the job against United in early April.

The added incentive of either winning the title against United or receiving a guard of honour from them if the league is all over, will no doubt be an exciting prospect that sits in the back of all City fans’ minds.