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Boss Manuel Pellegrini content with Manchester City's progress to date

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his side's positioning half-way through the title race.

City are third in the Barclays Premier League, three points behind leaders Arsenal.

City have already been beaten five times and are well down on their tallies at the equivalent stages of their title-winning campaigns of 2011-12 and 2013-14.

But Pellegrini does not think that matters as none of the leading contenders have been able to find consistency.

The Chilean said: "Of course we are in a good position. Always the best position is to be top of the table but I think that this is a special season in the Premier League." To get their challenge firing City need to address their away form. Pellegrini's men have won just three of their nine games on the road and the team will look to improve on that as they travel to Watford today.

Promoted Watford have been one of the season's surprise packages and go into the game against City at Vicarage Road just two points off fifth place.

City captain Vincent Kompany could be out for another month with calf trouble. Left-back Gael Clichy and midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph are back in contention.

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