Manchester City haven’t been on top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day since the 2017/18 season where they finished as champions with 100 points following Gabriel Jesus’ late winner at St Mary’s against Southampton on the last day of the season. In that campaign the Citizens had a blistering start to the season, earning 55 points from their first 19 league fixtures.
Last season City started their campaign slowly due to having very little preparation for the 2020/21 season due to the Champions League finishing after the Premier League season had concluded, thus, giving them and others competing in Europe a significant disadvantage at the start of the campaign. But, they did show their class yet again, as following a 2-0 defeat to Spurs on 21st November, they went on to win 62 of the next 69 points available to them on their way to becoming champions.
Guardiola’s side will be expected to bounce back from their shock 1-0 defeat in the Community Shield against Leicester City with a strong performance against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season this Sunday. City were fourth at Christmas last time out following a hard-earned 1-0 win at Southampton on 19th December, thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling.