Stat City: United v City in numbers
- 06 April 2013 10:03
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @StatCity
Adam Carter from statistical wizards and must-follow on Twitter @StatCity previews Monday's hotly anticipated Manchester derby.
The 164th Manchester Derby, the hottest ticket in town, the Derby to end all Derbies, an opportunity for Manchester United to avenge that embarrassing 6-1 defeat in the corresponding fixture last season. This match has been billed by some media outlets as make or break for City’s season, but in reality it’s more a game of pride rather than all out warfare.
An overall look at the previous meetings between these two clubs displays 68 wins (41.72%) in United’s favour, with the two clubs settling for a point on 50 occasions (30.67%) and the Champions running out winners in 45 of the previous 163 fixtures (27.61%). City have scored 221 goals (1.35 gpg) against Manchester United in all competitions, only 17 shy of the 238 goals (1.46 gpg) that the red half of Manchester have notched in Derby matches.
Focussing on Premier League meetings between the two sides, United generally have the upper hand, winning 18 (58.06%) of the previous 31 outings. City have won 7 (22.58%) of their Premier League matches against the Trafford outfit and have shared the spoils in 6 (19.35%) of the Derby day clashes. In the goal-scoring stakes, City have netted 37 (1.19 pg) times against United in the Premier League and have conceded 51 (1.64 gpg) goals. Only Chelsea and Arsenal have scored more goals against the Blues in Premier League matches (53).
City have failed to score in 12 (38.71%) Premier League games against United and have only kept clean sheets in 4 (12.90%) of the 31 previous meetings. Away at Old Trafford, the Champions’ record isn’t ideal, only winning 2 (13.33%) of their 15 trips to the outskirts of the city. The Blues have lost 9 Premier League games away at Manchester United (60.00%) and have drawn on the other 4 (26.67%) occasions. In addition to this, City have only ever kept one Premier League clean sheet at Old Trafford, a 0-0 draw in November 2004 under Kevin Keegan.
City have now scored 10 goals in their last 3 Premier League visits to Old Trafford having only scored 8 in the 12 Premier League games there previously. The two Manchester clubs are two of the three teams yet to lose in the Premier League this season when they have taken the lead (Arsenal are the other), meaning the opening goal in this fixture could be crucial! The Champions travel to Old Trafford facing a team in a rich vein of form having won their last 7 Premier League matches and are unbeaten in their last 18, only drawing two along the way.
Including the Community Shield match in 2011, the last five meetings between City and United in all competitions have seen 23 goals scored (4.6 gpg), promising more of the same on Monday. Mike Dean is the man in charge on Monday night, City have taken more Premier League points (55) from matches in which Dean has officiated than under any other referee.
City fans may have one eye on the impending Semi-Final clash against Chelsea at Wembley next weekend but rest assured, Roberto Mancini and his band of merry men will be fully focussed on retaining their pride in this local Derby and will be looking for a positive result to take into that aforementioned, crucial FA Cup tie.