City v Aston Villa: Stat attack
- 28 December 2010 11:12
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Aston Villa pay their second visit in seven months today - and they'll be hoping for a more favourable outcome than the 3-1 defeat that goals from Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy inflicted back in May.
But Villa won't find much solace in the long-term stats on this grand old fixture, which dates back to 1899 - City have won 43 of their 75 home games with the midlanders, which translates into a satisfying 57% success rate.
Villa have won just 16 of those matches, and while over the years they've averaged a handy 1.20 goals per game at City, the Blues have a much healthier 1.89 strike rate, so history promises us a goal or three today.
Our visitors did once celebrate a thumping 6-2 victory in this fixture, back in 1911, but City gained some revenge for that in 1933-34 with a 6-1 semi-final win on the way to landing the FA Cup at Wembley.
It was all the more remarkable since their League clashes that season were so tight - City won 1-0 at home, the game at Villa Park was goalless - despite goals galore, including the Blues' 8-0 Christmas defeat at Wolves.
City's modern-day record against Villa certainly stands up to scrutiny.
Although Villa won here in April 2007 with goals from John Carew and Shaun Maloney - avenging a 3-1 home reverse triggered by old boy Darius Vassell - they have taken full points on only one other occasion since 1990.
Villa's last Christmas visit, on Boxing Day 2002, will be a fond memory for those who were there. The late Marc-Vivien Foe scored twice, with fellow midfielder Ali Benarbia also contributing to a 3-1 success.
The formbook is finely balanced. Roberto Mancini's men have won only two of the last six home games in the Premier League, while Villa, currently one of the worst away sides, have lost five of the last six on the road.