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City 4-0 Southampton: Stats of the match

City 4-0 Southampton: Stats of the match
Manchester City moved to the Premier League summit for at least 24 hours with a dominant 4-0 victory over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Erling Haaland set the seal on another impressive display from Pep Guardiola’s men, who remain unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Indeed, City have now lost just one of our last 37 Premier League matches, with that single setback coming in a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham back in February 2022.

Here we take a look at the best statistics to have come out of our latest victory over the Saints...

Precision passing

The move which led to our fourth goal at the Etihad Stadium was typical of our free-flowing style under Pep Guardiola.

It once again demonstrated the important role of the team in our success, and also matched a Premier League record for the 2022/23 campaign in the process.

There were 21 passes in the build-up to Haaland’s close-range strike just after the hour, with every single City player – including Ederson – touching the ball in the move.

It equals the longest passing sequence leading to a goal in the Premier League so far this season.

Goals, goals, goals

Haaland rounded off another goalscoring display for City by toppling several more impressive Club and Premier League records.

His close-range strike to round off the scoring saw him become only the second player in the Club’s history to score in seven consecutive Premier League appearances, matching Sergio Aguero's feat back in 2019.

The Norwegian’s 15th league strike this season has already equalled the tally of our leading scorer from last year’s title-winning campaign, and he has reached that total with just 21 shots on target – a conversion rate of around 71%.

Haaland’s strike against the Saints also saw him become the quickest player in Premier League history to reach 15 goals – bettering Andy Cole’s previous record by an astonishing six matches.

Delightful De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne was once again at his brilliant best against Southampton, setting up Foden for our second of the afternoon after a typical driving run towards goal.

It was his 94th assist in the competition for City, seeing him overtaken David Silva as the Club’s most prolific player in this metric.

Only four other Premier League stars can better his overall tally – those being Frank Lampard (102), Wayne Rooney (103), Cecs Fabregas (111) and Ryan Giggs (162).

The midfielder leads the Premier League charts in terms of assists this season once again, with his latest contribution against the Saints his ninth in as many matches.

Incredibly, it means De Bruyne has already matched his tally for the whole of the 2021/22 campaign, when he featured in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for a third successive year.

As can be seen by the heat map above, the Belgian was once again given licence to roam against Southampton, and used that freedom to devastating effect.

Home is where the heart is

City have been in free-scoring form at the Etihad Stadium so far this season.

That record continued against Southampton, seeing us bring our tally to an incredible 31 goals in just seven home encounters in 2022/23.

When focusing on our Premier League record, Pep Guardiola’s men have found the net at least three times on home soil in nine consecutive matches – a run stretching back to April 2022.

That incredible sequence has only previously been matched once – in 1959 by Stan Cullis’ iconic Wolverhampton Wanderers side.

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