On Sunday December 31st, Manchester City’s remarkable winning streak came to an end in a 0-0 draw against bottom of the table side Crystal Palace. City had won 18 consecutive matches in the Premier League before the draw Sunday.
The result ensured City falling short of matching the European record of 19 wins in a row that was set by Bayern Munich in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season. However, the draw, which puts their record at 19-2-0, still keeps their hopes of matching “The Invincibles” (Arsenal’s 2003-2004 club) record of going undefeated in a season, alive.
Sunday’s match was the first time in what’s been a dominant first half of the season that the side has failed to find the back of the net in a league match. Their only other time dropping points season came in a 1-1 draw against Everton on August 21st at the Etihad Stadium.
Along with the disappointing draw, it was a frustrating game for City with possible Premier League Player of the Season, Kevin De Bruyne and star forward, Gabriel Jesus, leaving the pitch early due to injuries. These injuries, however severe they may be, probably won’t affect the outcome of the Premier League race since City sit 14 points clear of second-placed Chelsea they will surely affect their chances in European competition.
Nonetheless, Manchester City’s 18 wins in a row streak is certainly something no City fan will ever forget and the ride isn’t over. By May 2018, City could be in contention for all types of records, the ones to keep an eye will be record amount of points recorded in league history and the illustrious undefeated season. Their next game is Tuesday against Watford.