City v Fulham: Stat attack
- 27 February 2011 08:56
- Posted by David Clayton/Alex Rowen
Former boss Mark Hughes returns to City for the first time since leaving the club in December 2009, this time in charge of Fulham. Ahead of today’s crucial Premier League match, here are all the important facts and figures…
During his 18 months at City, Hughes’ record at City was reasonably good. He managed 36 wins, 16 draws and lost 25 of his 77 games as City boss.
Hughes won’t be the only former Blue returning to CoMS as midfielder Dickson Etuhu may line up for the Cottagers. Etuhu appeared for City on 12 occasions before leaving in January 2002, joining Preston North End.
The travelling support will be hopeful of a result at City of Manchester Stadium having lost only one of their last seven visits to CoMS. In that time they’ve picked up 12 points from a possible 21.
Incredibly, all Fulham’s 12 Premier League goals at CoMS have come in the second half! They have also come from behind five times in their last six PL visits to City to gain a draw or victory.
Despite their impressive record, the visitors have won only once on their travels all season – that was back in December as Fulham left Stoke City with all three points.
Hughes will also be wary that the last time the two sides met, City beat Fulham 4-1 in the Cottagers’ biggest loss of the season so far.
Fulham’s form has improved since then having lost only two of their eight games since the turn of the year, conceding just five goals – less than any other Premier League team
Defensively, few can match City’s curent form - the Blues haven’t conceded a goal in their last three games at home and have kept more clean sheets in the league than any other side with 12 so far.
However, in 56 meetings between the two sides, there have only ever been three goalless draws. There have been 13 meetings between the two sides since the last 0-0 back in 2004.
The current City boss will expect his side to take all three points from the visit of Fulham, though neither home side has won this fixture in the past eight meetings with the last home win for either team coming in 2006 when City beat Fulham 3-1 – though the Blues did manage a 2009 Carling Cup win at CoMS courtesy of a Kolo Toure goal in extra time.
It’s 96 years since City lost a top-flight game on February 27 with Middlesbrough’s 1-0 Division One triumph in 1915 the last occasion. Exactly one year ago today the Blues beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.