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  • 13 April 2013 08:50
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @StatCity

Adam Carter from statistical wizards and must-follow on Twitter @StatCity previews Sunday's FA Cup Semi Final against Chelsea.

Manchester City’s love affair with the FA Cup continues this weekend as a mouth watering clash with Chelsea takes centre stage at Wembley on Sunday. The Premier League Champions will feel quite at home as they make their 4th appearance in three years at the national stadium.

This will be City’s 334th fixture in the FA Cup since 1892. Since then, the Blues have won 161 (48.35%), drawn 69 (20.72%) and lost on 103 occasions (30.93%). City have scored 590 goals (1.77 gpg) and have conceded 421 (1.26 gpg). The Champions have failed to score on 76 occasions (22.82%) and have kept clean sheets in 109 matches (32.73%).

The Blues have contested 69 replays in this competition winning a whopping 41 (59.42%) of them, drawing a further 10 (14.49%) and losing out in the other 18 (26.09%). City’s highest scoring games in this competition include a huge 11-4 victory over Crystal Palace in the 1925/26 season, a 10-1 replay win over Swindon Town (despite only drawing the original tie 1-1!) in the 1929/30 season and a 9-0 rout against Gateshead in the 1932/33 campaign.

Under Roberto Mancini, City have played 15 FA Cup ties. The Blues have won 10 (66.67%), drawn 3 (20.00 and lost 2 (13.33%) of those. City have scored 34 (2.26 gpg) and have only conceded 12 times (0.80 gpg). Mancini’s men have never failed to score in FA Cup matches under the stewardship of the Italian and have kept the opposition out on 9 occasions (including the last 4 in a row!). The last time the Blues failed to score in this competition was in that infamous 3-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest in January 2009.

Manchester City and Chelsea have only met 3 times previously in the FA Cup. City have won 2 and lost 1 of those fixtures with the Blues outscoring their Kings Road counterparts by 5 goals to 1. In all competitions, the pair have clashed on 146 occasions. The Champions have won 48 (32.88%), drawn 37 (25.34%) and lost 61 (41.78%) of those 146 previous meetings.

In recent meetings between the pair, Mancini’s men have the upper hand only losing two of the last 8 fixtures in all competitions and have outscored Chelsea by 10 goals to 7.

City will be hoping to match Bury’s record (set in 1903) of winning the FA Cup without conceding a single goal along the way. The Blues will also be wanting to restore a record of their own having not lost an FA Cup Semi-Final since 1932 where they lost 1-0 to Arsenal. The Champions have won the last 7 in a row, with the last five being settled by a 1-0 scoreline in favour of the Blues. Finishing with records, this match represents Roberto Mancini’s own personal achievement of reaching at least one cup semi-final in every single one of his managerial seasons.

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