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@StatCity: Watford preview

  • 25 January 2014 09:50
  • Posted by @StatCity

The formidable Twitter stat-fanatics @StatCity return with a numerical look ahead to the FA Cup 4th Round home clash against Watford...

Fresh from their League Cup exploits, City turn their attention to the FA Cup this weekend when they play host to Championship side Watford, almost 12 months after the two teams met in this competition one round earlier.

Marcos Lopes was the hero that day, cementing his name in the record books as City’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 17 years and 8 days old when he finished off the scoring in a 3-0 victory.

In the FA Cup as a whole, this will be City’s 338th fixture. The Blues have won 163 (48.37%), drawn 70 (20.77%) and lost 104 (30.86%) of their previous 337 FA Cup ties. Alvaro Negredo was the scorer of City’s 600th FA Cup goal when he fired in his second of the evening against Blackburn Rovers in the third round replay a fortnight ago. The Blues’ 603 goals in this competition sees Pellegrini’s men have an average of 1.78 goals per game. At the other end, City have conceded 425 FA Cup goals at just over 1.26 gpg.

The Blues have only conceded in 4 of their last 14 FA Cup ties and have kept 109 cleansheets in this competition since 1892 (32.34%). They have only failed to score themselves on 75 occasions (22.26%) and only once in their last 21 FA Cup matches.

Now onto Watford. City are meeting the Hertfordshire club for only the 20th time in all competitions. The Blues have won 8 (42.11%), drawn 5 (26.32%) and lost 6 (31.58%) of their last 19 fixtures against the Hornets.  City have won their last two FA cup matches against Watford, scoring three goals on both occasions (3-1 in 1997 and the aforementioned 3-0 victory last year).

The Blues have scored 26 goals against Watford in all competitions (1.36 gpg) and have conceded just 19 at a steady goal per game ratio. In terms of clean sheets, City have kept the Hornets at bay on 6 occasions (31.58%) and have failed to score in just five matches (26.32%).

City are unbeaten in matches against Watford since 1989, winning 4 and drawing 2 of the six matches since then. 

If the Blues avoid defeat this weekend it will extend their current unbeaten run to a staggering 19 matches. A run stretching back to that 1-0 defeat to League Cup final opponents Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on November 10th 2013.

So can City make progress in yet another cup competition with victory over Watford? Here’s hoping!

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