Stat City: Cardiff preview
- 23 August 2013 16:14
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC - Words by @StatCity
Twitter must-follows @StatCity are back to provide a numerical look-ahead to every City game this season. Slim pickings with this one, but here are some numbers you need to know ahead of Sunday's clash with Cardiff...
Manchester City and Cardiff City are meeting for the 48th time in all competitions this weekend when the Blues make the journey down the M4 to the Cardiff City Stadium (or for our Welsh readers - Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd). The last time City faced Cardiff in Wales in a league meeting (1984), that particular stretch of the M4 motorway was still under construction!
City have won 19 (40.43%) of the previous 47 meetings between the pair but only 6 (12.77%) on Welsh soil. In fact, the Blues have struggled on recent trips to Wales having only scored 2 goals in their last three visits west of the border (v TNS at the Millennium Stadium in 2003).
Pellegrini’s men will be all too aware of the task in hand, the Blues won just one of their three Premier League away games at newly-promoted sides last term; losing at Southampton (1-3) and drawing at West Ham (0-0) so a definite improvement will be needed this time around. Add to that the fact that Cardiff City have lost just one of their last 12 home matches in league competition this caendar year.
City have only won four of their 9 away league games in 2013 (v Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Reading), a win this weekend would be their 86th in the Premier League era. The Blues have failed to score in their previous two Premier League fixtures in Wales and have only taken one point from the two games (both v Swansea City).
In addition to the 19 wins, City have drawn a futher 20 (42.55%) and lost just 8 times (17.02%) against Cardiff City since 1921. Although, the Blues did lose on their last visit to Cardiff, with the ‘bluebirds’ dumping City out of the FA Cup at the 4th Round stage in 1994.
Yaya Toure became the 20th player to make 100 Premier League appearances for Manchester City on Monday night in the win over Newcastle United. If he is named in the starting line-up against Cardiff City, Yaya will be making his 100th Premier League start.
If Sergio Aguero manages to grab himself a goal on Sunday, he will draw level with ex-Blue Nicolas Anelka in the Premier League goalscoring charts (currently sat on 36) for Manchester City. Unfortunately for Sergio, only 12 of his 36 goals have come away from the Etihad Stadium (33%) so he’ll have to hope that ‘Chappy’ has packed his scoring boots for him on this away trip.