Stat City: City v Norwich in numbers
- 18 May 2013 13:24
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @StatCity
Adam Carter from statistical wizards and must-follow on Twitter @StatCity previews the final game of the season...
The last day of the season is usually the fixture that City fans look at first, once the fixture list computer has had its wicked way with formulae, TV requests and police instruction. That, along with the first game of the season, the pair of Manchester Derby’s and the age old question of ‘who have we got on Boxing Day?’.
So when City fan’s opened up their fixture guides and saw Norwich City had been elected as the team to joining the Blue’s in bringing down the curtain on the 2012/13 season, many would have expectantly predicted another title defence or perhaps the parading of an FA Cup trophy. Sadly, the Etihad outfit have been unable to live up to last season’s title winning exploits but the last game of the season is always a unique fixture. No-one will ever forget the manner in which City clinched the Premier League last year or the game against Middlesbrough in 2005, where City were a missed Robbie Fowler penalty away from qualifying for Europe for the first time in an age.
Norwich travel to the Etihad Stadium assured of their Premier League survival thanks to their impressive 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. City also know a second place finish and entry to next season’s Champions League is guaranteed so an open game should await the Blue Moon faithful on Sunday afternoon.
The pair are meeting for the 63rd time in all competitions, where the Blues have won 33 (33.87%), drawn 21 (33.33%) and lost just 8 (12.9%) of the previous 62 matches. City have outscored the Canaries by 126 goals (2.03 gpg) to 62 (1 gpg).
In terms of Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Norwich, it’s the Citizens that have come out on top. The Blues are unbeaten in their last 8 games against the Canaries and have won the last 4 in a row. There are usually plenty of goals scored in this fixture as a Premier League encounter, City have never failed to score against Norwich whilst the Norfolk based club have only failed to score once and you have to go back to September 1994 for that!
The two clubs have notched 42 goals in the 11 previous Premier League matches against each other. City account for 28 of them (2.54 gpg), with Norwich making up the other 14 goals (1.27 gpg). Recent form makes good reading for the Blues’ having never lost a home Premier League game against Norwich. Further to this, City have scored 18 goals in their last four games against Norwich City averaging an eye-watering 4.5 goals per game!
Sergio Aguero usually enjoys his matches against Norwich, the Argentine hot shot has scored four goals against them, against no side has he scored more.