@StatCity: Blackburn preview
- 03 January 2014 14:24
- Posted by @StatCity
The formidable Twitter stat-fanatics @StatCity return with a numerical look ahead to the cup clash with Blackburn...
Attentions turn once more to cup competitions for Pellegrini’s men this weekend. And it is the magic of the FA Cup that lies in store for City in the guise of a former Lancashire hot-pot. The Blues travel to Ewood Park this Saturday lunchtime in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. A ground in which, City are unbeaten in their last 4 appearances and where the Blues have scored 9 goals to Rovers’ two, in those aforementioned 4 meetings.
City are looking to progress from their 88th third-round FA Cup tie for the 58th time (54.55%) since 1892. This is the Blues’ 336th FA Cup fixture. City have won 162 (48.36%), drawn 69 (20.6%) and have lost 104 (31.04%) of their previous 335 FA Cup ties. City have scored netted 597 times in the FA Cup averaging 1.78 goals per game. At the other end, the Blues have conceded 424, a rate of 1.26 goals per game.
In the FA Cup as a whole, City have only failed to score in 75 matches (22.39%) and only once in the last 18 FA Cup ties. The Blues have kept a clean sheet in 108 matches in this competition (32.24%) including 9 in their last 12 FA Cup fixtures.
City will be looking to continue their recent goalscoring exploits with Pellegrini’s side now holding the record for the most Premier League goals scored after the opening 20 fixtures of the season (57). Three goals against Blackburn Rovers this weekend would see the Blues notch their 600th goal in the competition and would keep up City’s 2013-14 average of three goals per game.
The two sides have met 6 times before in the FA Cup, with City just edging it overall with three wins, a solitary draw and two losses. Although one of those losses did come in the last FA Cup meeting between the two sides back in March 2007.
In all competitions, the sides are meeting for the 123rd time. Blackburn Rovers actually edge the overall head-to-head standings between the pair, winning 50 of the previous 122 meetings (40.98%). City have weighed in with 43 victories (35.25%), whilst the spoils have been shared on 28 occasions (22.95%).
If City manage a victory over Blackburn Rovers it will be their 8th consecutive win in all competitions and would be the Blues’ longest such run since August 2012, although that run did spread over two seasons. You have to go back to November 2011 for a longer run of consecutive City victories (9).
So, can City make it into the FA Cup 4th round draw for the 58th time? Here’s hoping!