@StatCity: Hull preview
- 30 August 2013 15:17
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC - Words by @StatCity
Twitter must-follows @StatCity are back to provide a numerical look-ahead to every City game this season. Here are the numbers that matter ahead of the clash with the Tigers...
Manuel Pellegrini was unable to add his name to the list of Manchester City managers to have won their first Premier League away game in charge last weekend as the Blues were downed by the Bluebirds. Roberto Mancini and Sven Goran Eriksson are the only two that can boast that feat.
The Chilean will be looking to bounce back with a home win over Hull City this weekend. Manuel will be buoyed by the fact that City haven’t lost two consecutive games since December 2012 (30 games ago) and not since October 2010 have the Blues lost consecutive games in the Premier League, that’s a whopping 105 games ago.
Steve Bruce’s Hull City side are the opponents for this weekend’s early kick-off and are in search of their first away league win of the season having succumbed to Chelsea on the opening day of the season at Stamford Bridge on their last trip south of the KC Stadium. The Tigers needed extra-time to edge past League One Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening in the League Cup so they may be forgiven if a few tired legs creep in come Saturday.
Steve Bruce knows the Etihad Stadium very well having visited 9 times since 2004. The ex-Manchester United defender has never tasted victory at the Etihad in any of those visits (D2, L8), and has only seen his sides score 4 times in total (3 of those goals coming in one match, Mark Hughes’ last game in charge).
The two sides are meeting for the 24th time in all competitions with City being victorious in 10 (43.48%) of the previous 23 of these matches. The other 13 meetings are made up of 7 draws (30.43%) and 6 Hull City wins (26.09%). Only 1 of those defeats came at home (4.35%). The Blues have scored 45 times against Hull in all competitions at a rate of 1.95 goals per game. Hull have hit 28 goals in reply (1.21 gpg).
In terms of clean sheets and shut-outs, City have only failed to score in 3 (13.04%) of the previous 23 meetings and have managed to keep Hull at bay on 7 occasions (30.43%).
In the Premier League as a whole, City and Hull are only meeting for the 5th time. Interestingly, neither side has kept a clean sheet in this fixture as a Premier League spectacle, so expect plenty of goals this Saturday lunchtime!
The two teams are evenly matched when it comes to top flight matches, enjoying two draws, a win and a loss each. The Blues have outscored the Tigers by 9 goals to 6, although this was helped in no small part by the 5-1 Stephen Ireland-inspired rout on Boxing Day 2008 (a match made famous by Phil Brown’s half-time team talk taking place on the pitch!).
Hull have won just seven points from a possible 75 in their last 25 Premier League away games (W0, D7, L18), whereas City have only lost 2 of their last 49 home Premier League fixtures. Let’s just hope Hull don’t get a corner, hey?