@Stat City: Newcastle preview
- 11 January 2014 11:45
- Posted by @StatCity
Manchester City face a resurgent Newcastle United side on Sunday at St James’ Park in what will be the 170th meeting between the pair.
Attentions swing the focus back to Premier League action after two fairly successful outings in domestic cup competition.
Firstly the Blues navigated a tricky away FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers, drawing 1-1 to seal a third round replay and then emphatically took a giant step towards their first League Cup final in 38 years thanks to a 6-0 first leg victory over West Ham United. Ironically, it was Newcastle United who were City’s opponents in that League Cup final all those years ago.
The reverse of this weekend’s fixture at the Etihad Stadium saw the Blues run out 4-0 winners, thanks to goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and substitute Samir Nasri. City registered 11 shots on target in that game, a tally that still remains the highest number of shots on target that the Blues have mustered in a single Premier League match this season.
City are unbeaten in their last 14 meetings with the Magpies (15 if you include this season’s win in the League Cup!) and have won the last eight in a row in the Premier League. This is City’s longest such run against Premier League opposition and stretches back to September 2005.
St James’ Park has been somewhat of an enjoyable stomping ground for the Blues of late. City have won four of their last six league matches there, scoring 15 goals and keeping four clean sheets in the process.
In the Premier League as a whole, the two sides are meeting for the 30th time. City have won 16 (55.17%), drawn six (20.69%) and have lost just seven (24.14%) of the previous 29 league meetings with the Magpies.
The Blues have scored 47 goals against Newcastle United, averaging 1.62 goals per game, whilst conceding 29 at a steady goal-a-game average.
City have only failed to score in 8 Premier League matches (27.59%) against the Magpies and not since the aforementioned defeat in 2005 have the Blues failed to breach the Newcastle United defence, scoring in each of the last 12 consecutive league matches.
City goalkeepers have fared much better in the clean sheet charts, keeping the Magpies out on 12 occasions (41.38%) including three of the last four matches.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men seem to be breaking all kinds of goal scoring records this season, highlighted by the fact that City’s next goal will match their entire haul of 93 goals scored in the entire previous 2012/13 campaign. When you bear in mind there are at least another 24 games left this season, you’d have to fancy the Blues bettering last year's tally sometime soon.
If City manage a victory against Newcastle United this weekend, they will become the first Premier League team to win six consecutive matches this season. Table-toppers Arsenal have also won five in a row.
One man who is no stranger to scoring against the Magpies is Yaya Toure, the recently named African Player of the Year has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games against Newcastle United and hasn’t scored more against any other opposition that he has faced.
So, can City become the first team to win six top-flight matches in a row this season? Here’s hoping!
City take on Blackburn in the FA Cup 3rd round replay on Wednesday 15 January – don’t miss the chance to cheer the Blues on as Manuel Pellegrini’s side chases a possible Wembley double. Adult prices start from £15 and Under-16s are just £5. Details can be found here.