When Newcastle United visited the Etihad on Saturday, it went pretty much as expected.
Rafa’s team forced to defend for large periods but going in only one down at the break, then having a bit of a go in the final 25 minutes.
The Newcastle boss making more attacking substitutions to produce a more open game and Jacob Murphy giving hope with an excellent goal to pull the score back to 2-1.
Sergio Aguero then completing his hat-trick late on to ensure no chance of a point for Newcastle.
Not quite as much was said about the Rafa Benitez tactics as was the case in December at St James Park but actually Newcastle did set a new season record.
These are the games that have seen the lowest shares of possession in Premier League games this season.
19.46% Man City 3 Newcastle 1
20.46% Huddersfield 1 Man City 2
20.61% Liverpool 1 Everton 1
20.71% Man City 7 Stoke 2
21.18% Man City 4 Bournemouth 0
It is Martin Tyler who has put together the stats for Sky Sports and of course four out of the five matches feature when teams were playing Man City.
The exception being Sam Allardyce and despite Everton having spent over £140m in the Summer, Fat Sam managed to produce his own ultra-defensive performance.
Newcastle however have missed out on another accolade.
Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the Etihad saw Rafa’s team complete only 114 passes but this is only the third lowest in the Premier League this season.
Huddersfield completed just 94 passes in their 2-1 home loss to Man City and actually took the lead that day, then were only six minutes from full-time when Guardiola’s team scored the winner.
In that derby, Allardyce’s Everton had only 99 completed passes to give them second lowest, ahead of Newcastle.
Interesting that the fourth lowest (116 completed passes) actually saw Huddersfield beat Manchester United 2-1!
Fewest successful passes in a Premier League match – 2017/18
94 Huddersfield 1 Man City 2
99 Liverpool 1 Everton 1
116 Huddersfield 2 Man Utd 1