By Brian Sears
22 March 2012
Manchester City’s comeback win against Chelsea on Wednesday evening means they are just one win away from a club record tally of points in the Premier League – with nine games remaining.
Their previous highest tally in a Premier League season was 71 points. That was last season when finishing in third place behind Manchester United and Chelsea. This is City’s 14th season in the Premier League.
Last season’s total equated to 1.87 points per game.
This season’s relatively huge tally equates to 2.4 points per game.
City’s win over Chelsea was their 20th home league win on the bounce: a Premier League record.
Their next two games, away at Stoke on Saturday then at home to Sunderland the following weekend both represent chances to beat their previous points total for a season with seven or eight games to spare. That will be a measure of their advancement.
Stoke and West Brom are next in line to register their best-ever Premier League seasons by points totals. Stoke need 11 points from nine games and West Brom need 12 from nine.
Only eight clubs have enough games remaining to beat their previous records.
Our graphic below explains the situation on a club by club basis, and forecasts which clubs might set records.
Manchester United need seven wins and two draws (or eight wins) from their last nine games to beat the 92 points they scored in 1993-94, when there were four more games each season.
Then again, in 1999-2000, United managed as many as 91 points from a 38-game season.
Our table indicates how far some current teams are falling short of their predecessors.
Liverpool and Chelsea have an impossibly wide gap of more than 40 points to make up on their 38-game-a-season record holders.
Debut team Swansea do not figure in our table but they’re certainly enjoying their best of Premier League season (obviously), with 39 points from 29 games lubricating Welsh voices as much as the tasty style of their play.