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Opta City: City v Barnsley in numbers

  • 08 March 2013 10:23
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @OptaCity

Adam Carter from statistical wizards and must-follow on Twitter @OptaCity previews tomorrow's clash with the Tykes.

Manchester City find themselves one victory away from a fourth Wembley appearance in the last 3 years, this time in the guise of Championship side Barnsley. The Tykes will be looking to continue their fine cup form having won in both of the previous rounds of the FA Cup away from home.

The Blues are facing Barnsley for the 33rd time in all competitions. City have won 16 (50.00%) of the previous 32 encounters, drawing 10 (31.25%) and losing on just 6 (18.75%) occasions.


At home, City have only failed to score against Barnsley once and that was back in March 1910! The Champions have a fairly solid record against the Tykes on home soil, winning a whopping 11 (64.71%) of the previous 17 matches, drawing 4 (23.53%) and losing just twice (11.76%).

City have scored a huge 53 goals against Barnsley at home, in all competitions, which results in a crazy average of 3.11 goals per game (gpg), in fact the Champions have scored 12 goals in the last 2 home meetings alone!  The visitors have breached the Manchester City backline on a mere 19 occasions (1.11 gpg), with the Blues keeping 4 clean sheets (23.53%) along the way.

Taking a look at City’s overall record in the world’s oldest cup competition, this is their 146th home fixture in the FA Cup and 335th game in total. The Blues have scored 585 FA cup goals (1.74 gpg) and have conceded 421 (1.25 gpg).


At home in this competition, City have won 84 (57.93%), drawn 30 (20.69%) and lost 31 (21.38%). The Blues have scored 304 goals (2.09 gpg) at home in the FA Cup and have conceded 152 (1.04 gpg). The Champions have failed to score on only 24 (16.55%) occasions at home and have kept clean sheets in 58 (40.00%).

City have fared quite well in the FA Cup in recent years, highlighted mostly by the fact that the Blues have reached at least the quarter-final stage in 4 of the last 8 campaigns. 

At the Etihad Stadium, City have only lost 3 (16.67%) FA Cup fixtures from the 18 played. The Champions have scored 38 goals (2.1 gpg) at the Etihad Stadium in FA Cup, with a whopping 22 (57.89%) of those coming under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini

City fans will be wary of a cup upset based on the fact that it was a Championship side in Nottingham Forest who inflicted the Blue’s heaviest defeat in a 3-0 loss in January 2009. That defeat to Forest was also the last time City failed to scored in an FA Cup match, a club record run stretching back 16 games.

Mancini’s men have only conceded 4 goals in their last 10 FA Cup matches and have kept 8  (57.14%) clean sheets in the 14 FA Cup ties under the Italian. Roberto Mancini will also have one eye on the chance to keep up his own personal record of reaching at least one cup semi-final in every single season of his managerial career.

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