@StatCity: Plzen preview
- 27 November 2013 11:20
- Posted by @StatCity
City have been afforded the luxury of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League with two games to spare. However, Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that he wants a strong finish to the group stages should fellow qualifiers Bayern Munich slip up in Russia tonight.
The Blues go into their 17th Champions League fixture on the back of two victories. City have never won three consecutive games in the competition, so a victory tonight would add to the Blues’ current records that seem to be broken at will lately.
City will once again look to the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ connection to fire them to glory, with both strikers currently enjoying a rich vein of form. Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in his last seven Champions League appearances, whilst Alvaro Negredo has scored in his last five home appearances and has scored four times in his four Champions League appearances for the Blues (including one assist).
The Blues are only one point away from their previous best Champions League tally, having taken 10 points from the six games in their debut 2011/12 campaign.
Obviously City are only meeting Viktoria Plzen for the second time in their history and you don’t have to turn the history books back too far for that 3-0 victory away at the Doosan Arena back in September.
Three second-half goals from Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and a screamer from Yaya Toure were enough to ensure all three points for the Blues that night. In fact, eight of Plzen’s 12 goals that they have conceded in this years competition have all come in the second half of matches - that’s the joint-most of any team this term.
Tonight’s opponents have also conceded the joint-most goals in the Champions League this season (12) along with CSKA Moscow, which just highlights how devastating the attacking options in Group D have been so far.
Sergio Aguero’s brace against CSKA Moscow last time out took him to the top of the all-time European goalscorers chart for Manchester City (12 goals). The Argentine hitman cemented his place amongst the clubs elite with a fine performance and moved away from fellow chart-topper Francis Lee (10 goals) in that particular table.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that Joe Hart could come back into the starting line-up for tonight’s game. The Blues are without a clean sheet in the last three Champions League games and have only kept the opposition out once in their last 10 outings in Europe’s premier competition.
Yaya Toure could overtake Tommy Booth in the Blues’ European appearances charts if he plays a part against Viktoria Plzen tonight. The Ivorian is currently locked on 26 European appearances for the club with Booth and would join Joe Corrigan who clocked up 27 matches for City during his time at the club.
So, can City make it three consecutive wins in the Champions League for the first time ever? Here’s hoping.