The number of goals conceded by a football club can be used as a measure of defensive abilities. At the end of match day 34 of the 2022/23 English Premier League (EPL) season, Manchester City have conceded 16 goals at home. Three clubs have conceded fewer let-in fewer home goals than the Citizens since the season began.
The club with the best home record in this context is Manchester United. It is the only English top flight outfit that has conceded less than 8 goals within the period. The Red Devils opened their campaign of the season with a 2-1 home loss to Brighton. They followed up with one goal each in the 2-1 and 3-1 wins over Liverpool and Arsenal on match days 3 and 6 respectively. Erik ten Hag boys played their next five home games without conceding any goal at home.
The 20-time English champions let-in their next goal of the season on January 14 when they clashed with Manchester United. The shut out streak was broken by Jack Grealish in the 60th minute. Goals by Fernandes and Rashford eventually gave United a 2-1 win. They conceded once against Crystal Palace on February 4 and twice against Leeds four days later. It us worthy of note that the Red Devils did not concede any goal at Old Trafford in March or April. This makes the 2-time UCL winners the only club that have conceded less than ten goals at home so far this season.
Newcastle United are the next outfit in this category. The Magpies opened their season with a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest at St James' Park on August 6. Thirteen days later they concede thrice in the 3-3 draw against Manchester City at the same venue. They only let in two more goals before the end of 2022. The 4-time EPL winners co conceded their next 4 goals in February and March, 2023. They had to wait till match days 32 and 34 before conceding twice more to put their total home leakages to 11.
The only other club that let in fewer goals than the Citizens within the period are Brighton with 14 concession. The Seagulls kept clean sheets in both of their home games in August. They conceded a total of 10 EPL goals between August and December, 2022. They have only conceded 4 goals since the beginning of 2023.
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