If there’s one stand-out characteristic in Manchester City’s favour amid this nail-biting Premier League title race, it’s undoubtedly their incredibly prolific strike-force, lead by Argentine goal-machine Sergio Aguero.
The 25 year-old has netted 15 times in 15 starts this season, and when you add his five assists to the equation, that makes Aguero in some way responsible for 1.3 Citizens goals per appearance, excluding his two outings from the bench.
In fact, there’s only been three matches the striker has started this season where he’s failed to find the net. When you’ve got at least one goal guaranteed, mixed with one of the best defensive records in the league – City’s 27 conceded this term is only bettered by Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton – that puts every match in the Etihad outfit’s control.
Compare that to the situation at Arsenal and Chelsea; Olivier Giroud has reached double figures for the Gunners this season (exactly 10 goals, to be specific), but having played the full 90 minutes in all but seven of his 24 appearances this term, and only one benching coming before the 65 minute mark, the in-form Frenchman is burning out, and the goals are drying up too.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s strike-force of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have found just 11 Premier League goals between them all season. None can be relied upon to get on the scoresheet, and it’s the inadequacies of this forward cast which has lead to Jose Mourinho dubbing the Blues as ‘the little horse’ in this season’s title race.