If Manchester City manage to beat Newcastle United away at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening, not only will they close the gap between them and league leaders Liverpool to just a point, but Pep Guardiola will also break a Premier League record.A visit to Tyneside will see Guardiola take in his 100th Premier League game at the City helm, and the former Barcelona boss has so far claimed 73 victories in charge of the Blues.One more will put him in front of Jose Mourinho when it comes to most wins earned from a century of English top-flight outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This season for the Citizens has not been as air-tight and domineering as their previous, having already lost three games in total, but that does not mean that they are not still impressive. Man City and Liverpool seem to be the only two teams providing a real challenge for the title this season, and a win over Newcastle will surely see the race heading down to the wire. Guardiola also possesses the best win rate by any manager to have taken charge of at least 75 Premier League games, besting the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini.The City boss has won 73.7 per cent of his matches so far, which beats the win rate of 67.1% held by Antonio Conte and the 65.2% of Ferguson. The Manchester United talisman did, however, achieve his win rate across 810 Premier League matches over 21 years.The Catalan coach is also looking to claim silverware on all three counts this season as City have made strides in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup – and will be aiming to be the first side to win back-to-back Premier League titles since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009. Manager P W D L Jose Mourinho 100 73 18 9 Pep Guardiola 99 73 15 11 Manuel Pellegrini 100 65 17 18 Alex Ferguson 100 62 25 13 Roberto Mancini 100 62 19 19 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TORONTO — A Bank of Montreal report suggests first-time home buyers are increasingly turning to the “Bank of Mom and Dad.”[np_storybar title=”Move over Stephen Poloz, here’s the real reason mortgage rates are so low in Canada” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/mortgages-real-estate/move-over-stephen-poloz-heres-the-real-reason-mortgage-rates-are-so-low-in-canada”%5DGo figure — Canada’s overheated housing market is getting the biggest shot of juice from the efforts of a central bank thousands of miles away. Here’s how it works [/np_storybar]BMO’s 2015 Home Buying Report found that 42 per cent of first-time buyers told an online survey that they expected their parents or relatives to help pay for their first home.That’s up 12 per cent from last year’s report.The bank also said 40 per cent of the first-time buyers said they couldn’t afford a home without financial help from family.The study found the first-timers were anticipating a downpayment of about $59,413 on average and had a budget of $312,700 for the purchase — slightly less than last year’s average price of $316,100.Home buying frenzy defies Bank of Canada’s view of soft landingLow oil convinces people to stay put in B.C., boosting housingCanada’s mortgage wars hit new low as fixed rate dips to 1.49%The bank also found that 42 per cent of current home-owners surveyed said they were looking for family help with the purchase. Their average budget was $473,000 and their average downpayment was $123,214.The BMO report is based on online interviews with a random sample of 2,007 people aged 18 years or more between Feb. 24 and March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Prices in Canada have been rising since 2009, resisting regulators’ efforts to cool the market by restricting credit. In Toronto and Vancouver, values have surged as much as 56 per cent in six years. Now as the European Central Bank’s bond buying helps drive down rates to near-record lows in Canada, the housing market is poised to ascend even higher.Re/Max, the country’s largest residential real estate agency, raised its forecast for home price growth to 3 per cent from 2.5 per cent last week because transactions and values were so high in the first three months of this year. In March, housing sales rallied 4.1 per cent, the most in 10 months.Toronto home sales increased 11 per cent to more than 8,000 transactions in March over the prior year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. Prices in the country’s most populous city jumped 10 per cent to about $601,500.In Vancouver, Canada’s most expensive home market, sales soared 53 per cent and the average cost to buy a home rose 11 per cent to $870,000.With files from Bloomberg read more