Can Manchester City have an 'invincible' home season ?

Manchester City beat Liverpool 2-1 on Boxing Day to make it nine wins out of nine at the Etihad. Can this last the whole season ?

Nine wins out of nine. It's a formidable record by anyone's standards.

It's the only real reason, in fact, that Manchester City are considered the current Premier League title favourites. Their away form, of course, has been relatively poor. 

But such good home form is clearly the hallmark of a top class side. And with Manchester City's most recent win coming against the best team they have faced at the Etihad yet this season - Liverpool - you have to wonder how long this unbeaten run could last.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini's side have 11 more home league games to play this season, and the ease with which they have won their first nine suggests that remaining unbeaten until May is not out of the question.

Even without star striker Sergio Aguero, Manchester City looked irresistible on Boxing Day. Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas have added pace and flair to Pellegrini's team, while Yaya Toure and David Silva continually dominate in midfield. 

A huge boost for Manchester City in recent weeks has also been the return of skipper Vincent Kompany, who has scored important goals as well as solidifying their back line.

With goalkeeper Joe Hart appearing just as solid in his last couple of games, the signs are positive for Manchester City as the season progresses.

Pellegrini's men have already dispatched Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle and Liverpool at the Etihad this season, so you would fancy their chances from hereon in.

Perhaps their biggest threat will be Jose Mourinho's Chelsea (who visit the Etihad in February), and that game could well prove to be a title decider too.

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