@StatCity: Wigan preview
- 24 September 2013 14:46
- 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 Capital One Cup clash against Wigan Athletic...
Manchester City go into their 190th League Cup fixture on the back on an empathic Derby Day victory. The last time the Blues went into a League Cup fixture after an emphatic Derby Day victory, they romped to a 5-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 2011.
Manuel Pellegrini will no doubt be shuffling his pack ahead of Wigan Athletic’s visit on Tuesday evening, with this 3rd round clash coming just 48 hours after Sunday’s exploits. This will also be a good opportunity for some peripheral squad members to stake a claim for a starting berth come the Aston Villa game next weekend in the Premier League.
The Blues will have revenge on their minds after the Latics despatched City in the 2013 FA Cup Final last May. The men from the Etihad were dealt a cruel blow in the dying seconds of that match thanks to a looping Ben Watson header. That was Wigan’s first victory over City in over 11 matches, a run stretching back to September 2008.
Wigan Athletic are without a win at the Etihad Stadium since March 2007 and have failed to register a goal at Eastlands in over 540 minutes of football. The sides are meeting for only the 28th time in all competitions but the pair have met in the League Cup three times before, a win a piece and a solitary draw make up those three fixtures.
In total, City have won 14 (51.85%) of the previous 27 meetings with Wigan Athletic. The Blues have drawn just 5 (18.52%) times against the Latics and have lost the other 7 (25.93%). In home games, City have only ever lost twice against the men from down the A577, both of those defeats came in the Premier League in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
In the League cup as a whole, the Blues have won 98 (51.85%) of their previous 189 matches, drawn 38 (20.11%) and have lost the other 53 (28.04%). City have scored a huge 351 goals (1.85 gpg) in the League cup since 1960 and have conceded just 220 (1.16 gpg) times. The Blues have kept 60 clean sheets (31.75%) in the League Cup and have only struggled to score on 44 occasions (23.28%).
City will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last years showing as they were dumped out at this stage by Aston Villa. The villains eventually ran out 4-2 winners thank to two extra-time strikes. The Blues have only fallen at the third round hurdle on 17 occasions with a mere 6 of those coming in home fixtures. City have won 18 third round League Cup ties and have seen 7 of them end in draws.