We’re almost exactly half way through the 2017/18 Premier League season.
After 18 league matches, Manchester City are the runaway leaders, having amassed an 11 point lead at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s side may or may not be caught, but the battles to make the top four and to avoid the drop are intensifying.
We’ve compiled the best stats from the season so far.
Manchester City have scored 56 league goals in just 18 matches, which is more than 70% of teams (353/506) have scored in a complete Premier League season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have made the best start to a Premier League season ever, and have also set a new record for the longest unbeaten run in the competition (16 games and counting). City also recorded more possession (87%) at Old Trafford this season than any other team in Premier League history.
In contrast, Crystal Palace made the worst start in history to a Premier League season, which saw Frank de Boer sacked after just four matches at the helm. The Eagles also became the first top-flight team to fail to score in 10 away league games in a row since Man City in 1950.
Manchester United have made their best start to a Premier League season since Alex Ferguson’s last year at the club, in which the Red Devils won the title.
Earlier this season, Spurs became the first side Premier League side in history to win four consecutive league games against a single opponent by at least four goals.
Liverpool are the first top flight team in history to win four consecutive away matches by at least three goals.
Watford have four red cards the season – the most in the division – and received red cards in three consecutive games.
Earlier this season, Eddie Howe became the 25th Premier League manager to lose a game on his birthday.
Sean Dyche has won 22 of his 27 Premier League matches by a single goal, the highest percentage of any manager with 20+ wins.
Only Burnley and Man City have collected more points than Claude Puel since he took the managerial reins at Leicester City.
Pep Guardiola holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive victories in three of Europe’s big five leagues.
West Ham manager David Moyes created the unwanted record of reaching 41 consecutive matches starting in charge of a team in the relegation zone.
Jose Mourinho has lost against Pep Guardiola (nine times) than any other manager.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made more changes to their starting line-up than any other team so far this season.
Man City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has registered 35 league assists since his debut in 2015, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Brighton centre half Shane Duffy has completed more clearances (156) than any other defender in Europe’s top five leagues.
Wayne Rooney has registered his best ever shot conversion rate (33.3%) from open play in the league.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has now scored 17 goals from the bench for the Gunners in the league, drawing him level with Ole Gunner Solksjaer’s record at Manchester United. The Frenchman has also surpassed Dennis Bergkamp’s goal tally for the club.
Marcos Alonso has been involved in 13 Premier League goals – more than any other defender – since signing for Chelsea at the beginning of last season.
Manchester United’s summer signing Romelu Lukaku has scored 30 goals in his last 30 appearances against clubs outside the ‘top six’.
Only Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer has reached 90 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Harry Kane (113 vs 131).
Mo Salah has become the first Liverpool player to score 20 goals before Christmas since Ian Rush, and is the league’s top scorer. You can read more about the Egyptian’s record-breaking start to his Anfield career here.
West Ham skipper Mark Noble has become the first Hammers player to take part in 100 Premier League wins for the club.
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata has scored 11 headed goals since the start of last season, more than any other player in the big five leagues.
Morata’s teammate Cesar Azpilicueta hadn’t missed a minute of Chelsea’s previous 74 league matches before being rested against Swansea earlier this season.
David is the editor of The Season Ticket.
He is a qualified journalist, and a long-suffering Meath and Liverpool supporter.