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Stat City: Newcastle preview

  • 18 August 2013 12:08
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC - Words by @StatCity

Twitter must-follows @StatCity are back on mcfc.co.uk to provide a numerical look-ahead to every City game this season, starting with Monday's showdown against the Magpies.

The opening day fixture is one that football fans first look for when the fixture lists are released in mid-June. That, along with the Boxing Day, Manchester Derby and the final day fixtures are what stick out when match-going City fans sift through the data, planning and plotting their trips for the forthcoming season.

City have done reasonably well in opening day fixtures in recent campaigns. You have to go
back to the reign of Mark Hughes to find the Blues last opening day defeat (that 4-2 reverse away at Aston Villa in August 2008). Since then, City have won three and drawn once, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

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As City prepare for their 111th opening day league fixture, they do so having won 44 (40.00%) drawing 31 (28.18%) and losing 35 (31.81%) of the previous 110. The Blues have scored 195 goals on the opening day of the season (1.72 gpg) and have conceded 176 (1.60 gpg). In the clean sheets department, the City goalkeepers over the years have remained unbreached on 27 occasions (24.54%). At the other end, the Blues have only been shut out in 23 of the 110 opening day fixtures (20.90%).

City open their 12th consecutive Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle United, with the history books strongly pointing towards a Blue victory. The Magpies have never won a Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in 9 visits (D2, L7). That, coupled with the fact that City have never lost a home opening day fixture in the Premier League, should stand Pellegrini's men in good stead. In fact, the last team to beat the Blues at home on the opening day of the season was Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 1999.

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City have won their last 7 Premier League games against Newcastle United, outscoring the  Magpies by 19 goals to 5. The Blues have also opened the scoring in the last 9 matches between the two sides. In the Premier League as a whole, City have never lost a match in which they have opened the scoring against the North-East outfit (W13, D2).

The two sides have never met on the opening day of a league campaign before but are meeting for the 168th time in all competitions.  City have won 59 (35.32%), drawn 38 (22.75%) and lost 70 (41.91%) of the previous 167 fixtures against Newcastle United.

Manual Pellegrini will be hoping not to become the first permanent Manchester City manager to lose their first Premier League home game in charge (the other 9 are all unbeaten!).

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