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@StatCity: Newcastle Capital One Cup preview

  • 30 October 2013 09:57
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A numerical look-ahead to City's trip to St James' Park courtesy of @StatCity...

Manchester City’s third away game in 7 days takes them to the North East of England to face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United. 

This time it is the Capital One Cup that City’s attentions are focused on.

Having safely negotiated their way past Wigan Athletic at home in the previous round with a 5-0 victory, the Blues will be contesting their 24th fourth round tie in the League Cup when they face the Magpies at St James’ Park.

Both teams are in need of a morale boosting performance, coming on the back of Premier League defeats at the weekend. 

City go into the match with an excellent record against Newcastle. 

The Blues have won their last eight matches against the Magpies, outscoring the opposition by 23 goals to five in that run. 

City are unbeaten in matches against Newcastle in the last 14 matches, you have to go back to September 2005 for the last defeat at the hands of North East outfit.

The pair are meeting in a cup competition for the first time since February 2002 and for the fourth time in the League Cup as a whole. 

Perhaps the most famous meeting between the two sides was the League Cup final at Wembley in 1976 where the Blues ran out 2-1 victors thanks to a spectacular over-head kick from Dennis Tueart.

In all competitions, this will be the 169th fixture between Manchester City and Newcastle United. City have won 60 (35.71%), drawn 38 (22.62%) and lost 70 (41.67%) of the previous 168 meetings, a surprising figure given City’s dominance over the Magpies in recent years. 

The Blues have scored 240 goals against Newcastle in all competitions at an average of 1.42 goals per game and have conceded 248 goals (1.47 gpg). 

City have kept 47 clean sheets against the Magpies (27.98%), including three in the last four matches. The Blues have failed to score on 46 occasions (27.38%).

Focusing strictly on the League Cup, this will be City’s 190th fixture in the competition. 

The Blues have won 99 (52.38%), drawn 38 (20.11%) and lost 53 (28.04%) of their previous 189 League Cup matches. 

City have scored a whopping 356 goals in this competition (1.88 gpg) and have conceded a lowly 220 (1.16 gpg). 

The Blues have only failed to score in 44 League Cup matches (23.28%), in fact, City have only failed to score once in their last 15 League Cup ties. 

The Blues have shut out the opposition 64 times (33.86%) in total but have only managed two clean sheets in the last five League Cup matches.

Yaya Toure enjoys playing against Alan Pardew’s men having netted five goals in his last four appearances against the Magpies. 

The Ivorian last failed to score against Newcastle in November 2011. 

Another player in a rich vein of form is Sergio Aguero, the Argentine hitman has scored three goals in his last five appearances against Newcastle. 

Kun has also scored nine goals in his last seven appearances for the Blues in all competitions.

Can City march on to the fifth round of the League Cup for the 15th time? Here’s hoping...


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