@StatCity: CSKA preview
- 05 November 2013 16:44
- Posted by @statcity
The Sky Blues welcome the Russian champions CSKA Moscow to the Etihad. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the game courtesy of Twitter must-follows @StatCity...
Manchester City’s 16th Champions League tie sees the reverse fixture against CSKA Moscow taking place. The Blues won the first encounter in the Russian capital two weeks ago thanks to a brace by man of the moment Sergio Aguero.
That victory was City’s second in the Champions League this season and their 5th overall in the competition. The Blues have more Champions League points (6) at this stage of a campaign than they have in both of the previous attempts.
City have a notoriously good record at home in European competition and have only lost 2 of their last 21 European matches at the Etihad Stadium. Tonight’s fixture will be the Blues’ 88th match in Europe. City have won 44 (50.57%), drawn 20 (22.99%) and have lost 23 (26.44%) of the previous 87 games in European competition. Only 3 of those 23 losses have come on home soil (13.04%).
City have scored 139 goals in Europe at a rate of 1.59 goals per game and have conceded 87 goals which works out at an obvious goal per game. In terms of clean sheets, the Blues have kept out the opposition on 35 occasions (40.23%) and have only failed to score in 18 matches (20.69%).
If the Blues win tonight, it will only be the second time that City have won consecutive games in the competition. The one previous occurrence came when City enjoyed a back to back double over Villarreal in the 2011/12 campaign. The home side will be buoyed by the fact that CSKA have never won a European away game in England, having drawn 3 and losing one of their previous 4 visits to the country. Tonight’s visitors have conceded more first half goals (five) than any other team in the competition this season so the Blues will be looking for a quick start against Leonid Slutsky’s men.
Sergio Aguero seems to be taking all the plaudits lately and it’s no surprise when you see his amazing run of stats. For example, Sergio is currently the joint leading goal scorer in the Premier League (8) and also chief assists maker in the division at the moment. Kun is enjoying his finest form in a City shirt having scored in 5 consecutive matches for the first time for the Blues. Aguero has also scored five goals in his last six Champions League appearances so he’ll be hoping to extend that run tonight against CSKA Moscow.
City have made four errors leading to a goal in the Champions League this season, more than any other side in the competition. Can the Blues eradicate those mistakes and keep a clean sheet? Either way, there will definitely be fireworks (literally!).