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Four more for Manchester City, on pace to smash Premier League scoring record

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None of the Aston Villa faithful need worry that Manchester City’s array of offensive dazzlers will combine to topple their team’s all-time record for goals in England’s top flight. That total of 128 in the country’s top division from 1931 seems safe as government bonds.

But … !

Chelsea’s all-time record for most goals in a Premier League campaign? Yeah, Manuel Pellegrini’s lads have an excellent chance to brush that one aside. And then some.

Manchester City became the first PL club around the 50-mark pole today. In fact, Saturday’s 4-2 win over Fulham in West London puts City at 51 goals. That’s after just 17 matches; it averages out to exactly three goals a game. And at 17 games, that certainly qualifies as a significant statistical sample.

So City is on pace to score 114, which would easily topple Chelsea’s 103. (That Stamford Bridge side featured Didier Drogba, before he left to grab the career cash in China and then move on from there.)

Sergio Aguero’s injury is sure to slow the scoring pace … but probably not by much. (Edin Dzeko, time to step up and show you are a starter, my man.) Whether it’s Dzeko or David Silva or Álvaro Negredo or whomever, the cupboard is hardly bare around the Etihad. Heck, even Yaya Toure is banging in spectacular free kicks; you saw his unstoppable bender from Saturday, right?)

Thing is, City has some wiggle room, able to drop its scoring pace slight and still run down Chelsea’s mark.

Besides, Aguero will be back soon enough; he’ll likely have three or four months at least to help his club make a run at this one.

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]

England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.