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@StatCity: Chelsea preview

  • 26 October 2013 09:26
  • Posted by @StatCity

A numerical look-ahead to City's trip to Stamford Bridge courtesy of @StatCity...

The away games are coming thick and fast for Manuel Pellegrini and his band of merry men. This time the third of four away fixtures comes in the form of 2nd placed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A ground at which City have won in just two of their previous 16 Premier League visits, with both victories ending 4-2 (Jan 1993 and Feb 2010).

The Blues have enjoyed somewhat of an upturn in results against Chelsea recently. City are unbeaten in their last five matches against the West London outfit in all competitions (W4, D1), outscoring the opposition by 9 goals to 4 in that run. Prior to the aforementioned resurgence, City had only won 3 of the previous 14 meetings!

Sunday’s encounter will be the 148th meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City in all competitions. City have won 49 (33.33%), drawn 37 (25.17%) and have lost a huge 61 (41.50%) of the previous 147 fixtures between the pair. The Blues have scored 186 goals against Chelsea at an average of 1.26 goals per game. City have conceded 210 goals at a slightly higher rate of 1.42 goals per game. In terms of clean sheets, City have kept Chelsea at bay on 39 occasions (26.53%) and have failed to score themselves 63 times (42.86%).

In the Premier League as a whole, the two sides are meeting for the 33rd time. City have only won 7 (21.88%), drawn 3 (9.38%) and have lost the other 20 (62.50%) fixtures. The Blues have only lost more Premier League matches against Arsenal (21).

Five of City’s seven Premier League victories over Chelsea have come in the last 5 years (71.43%). The Blues have scored just 24 goals against Chelsea in the Premier League at a woeful rate of 0.75 goals per game. In reply, City have conceded a huge 53 goals (1.65 gpg). No other team has scored more goals against City in the Premier League, although Manchester United and Arsenal have also notched 53 times against City. The Blues have kept 6 Premier League clean sheets against Chelsea (18.75%) and have failed to score in over half of their Premier League games against the Stamford Bridge club (18).

City will be looking to become the first team to beat a Jose Mourinho side at Stamford Bridge. The ‘happy one’ is unbeaten in 64 Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W50, D14). The Blues’ record against Jose Mourinho is far from perfect though, notching only 1 win from 8 matches in all competitions. A Nicolas Anelka penalty and some expert City defending were enough to frustrate Chelsea and hand Jose a first defeat at the helm.

Thanks to clinical finishing from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and co, City have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League at 20.2%. The Blues have also netted the highest number of headed goals this term in the Premier League with 5.

Can City make it three away wins in a row or will it be a bridge too far?

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