Stat attack: Blackpool
- 01 January 2011 09:40
- Posted by David Clayton
Here are all the facts and figures you need to know ahead of the Blues’ clash with Ollie’s Tangerine dream machine:
The Seasiders haven’t scored a league goal away to City since 1963, though they have only played this fixture three times during that period, the last being a 3-0 loss at Maine Road in 1998.
Blackpool have a decent record away against the Blues, having won ten and drawn four of their 29 league visits.
This fixture generally produces goals, with 265 scored in the previous 79 meetings in all competitions, home and away – that’s an average of more than three goals per game and there have been seven occasions when the final score has been 4-2.
The Blues go into this game in their highest league position at this stage of the season since January 1, 1982 when John Bond’s side topped the table – ultimately finishing tenth!
This is City’s first New Year’s Day fixture since 2007 when the Blues beat Everton 2-1. City’s last defeat on this day was in 1994 when Newcastle triumphed 2-0 at St James’ Park.
The Blues have met the Tangerines an incredible 20 times in various cup competitions over the years including nine clashes within the space of six years during the 1960s.
Joe Hart once spent time on loan with Blackpool, making five appearances for them in 2007.
The only teams who have better Premier League records than Blackpool’s 17-point haul on the road this season are City and Arsenal.
On the nine occasions Blackpool have scored the first goal this season they have gone on to win seven times and draw twice – but never lost.