Stat attack: Sunderland
- 03 April 2011 09:26
- Posted by Alex Rowen
Ahead of City’s 50th game in all competitions this season, we take a look at some of the relevant facts and figures regarding this afternoon’s meeting with Sunderland ...
Neutrals will doubtless be hoping for a repeat of last season’s goal-fest which ended to 4-3 to City – a thriller that also proved to be Mark Hughes’ last game in charge of the team.
The visitors’ form has been poor of late - Steve Bruce's side have lost five of their last six Barclays Premier League matches and have won just two of their last ten.
City will also be looking to improve their recent fortunes, with Roberto Mancini’s side having won only one of their last four Premier League games.
Recent history favours the Blues. City have lost just once against the Black Cats in their last 13 meetings and have won all six home games with Sunderland since the inception of the Premier League.
Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn will be involved with the pre-match entertainment in City Square as he returns to the club where he spent six years from 1990-1996.
But on-loan defender Nedum Onuoha has to sit out the visit to his parent club. Nedum has made 25 appearances for Sunderland during a campaign in which the Wearside club have kept 12 league clean sheets.
Despite impressing at the back, Sunderland have failed to score in their last three league games.
City have conceded just once in their last eight home games in all competitions while the Black Cats have scored only 33 league goals all season – no side outside the bottom three has scored less.
While Gyan has nine league goals to his name this season, Carlos Tevez has 18 for the Blues and City fans will be hoping Captain Fantastic recovers from injury in time to lead the team.