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Stat attack: Birmingham

  • 01 February 2011 16:04
  • Posted by Will Unwin

The Blues are bound for Birmingham as Roberto Mancini's men resume the chase for Barclays Premier League points. Here are the facts and stats as you savour the latest trip to St Andrews ...

City's Joe Hart will be up against a bunch of his old pals - the England goalkeeper spent last season on loan with Birmingham, playing 36 Premier League games to get his gloves on the Player of the Year award.

Birmingham have scored the least amount of goals at home of any Premier League club this season, and it has been eight League games since the hosts have managed a chean sheet.

Blues manager Mancini could meet a familiar face if new Birmingham signing Obafemi Martins makes his League debut - the Italian was the Nigerian former Newcastle player’s manager at Inter Milan.

On average, City win one in every four games between the two clubs at St Andrews, or 21.92 per cent of matches there if we’re being really precise.

Alex McLeish is the fifth-longest serving manager in the Premier League. He's a Scot, of course, which seems to help

The two precursors to these two famous clubs, Ardwick FC and Small Heath, first met on a football pitch way back in 1892, with the teams sharing the spoils as it ended 2-2.

This will be the 145th meeting between the clubs. City haven’t won at Birmingham in five and a half years - Shay Given saved a penalty to ensure last season's game ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Records show that Birmingham score double the amount of goals that City manage at St Andrews, with the Brum boys bagging 2.31 a game to our 1.14.

In the most famous clash between the two Cities, we beat Birmingham 3-1 at Wembley in the 1956 FA Cup final, a match made memorable when goalkeeper Bert Trautmann insisted on finishing the game despite a broken neck.

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