@StatCity: Sunderland preview
- 09 November 2013 11:04
- Posted by @statcity
The Sky Blues make the trip to the North East to face the Black Cats. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the game courtesy of Twitter must-follows @StatCity...
City are without an away win at Sunderland in 5 years. You have to go back to the 3-0 victory in August 2008 for our last victory over the Black Cats on their territory. That was of course the return of the Prodigal Son, Shaun Wright-Phillips who netted twice on his second debut for the club. It was also on the eve of the clubs takeover, which just highlights how long we've had to wait, to taste a Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light. Before the aforementioned drought, the Blues had actually won their last 4 consecutive away games at Sunderland in the Premier League.
The two sides are meeting for the 137th time in all competitions. City have won 62 (45.59%), drawn 25 (18.38%) and lost 49 (36.03%) of the previous 136 fixtures between the pair. The Blues have scored 229 goals (1.68 gpg) against the Black Cats in all competitions, whilst conceding 200 in reply (1.47 gpg). City have only failed to score against Sunderland on 35 occasions (25.74%) and have kept a clean sheet in a slightly higher, 37 matches against the Black Cats.
In the Premier League as a whole, this will be the 19th meeting between Sunderland and Manchester City. The Blues have won a huge 12 (66.67%), drawn just 2 (11.11%) and have only lost 4 (22.22%) of the previous 18 Premier League matches between the two sides.
In fact, City have only won more Premier League games against 3 other sides than the 12 victories against Sunderland (Aston Villa, Newcastle United and West Ham United).
Of teams that the Blues have played more than twice in the Premier League era, their points per game average against Sunderland, is higher than against any other opponent (2.11 ppg).
City fans won’t need reminding which way their last three Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light have ended up. The Blues have lost their last three matches at Sunderland by a 1-0 score line, with two of those three defeats coming in the 90th minute to add extra drama to the proceedings.
The Blues will be hoping that their goalscoring prowess will be enough to carry them through this evidently tricky away fixture. City have scored at least 6 goals more than any other Premier League team this season as it stands.
A blue-tinted contrast ahead of this fixtures hints at City having the upper hand in front of goal too. Sunday’s hosts have only recorded 24 shots on target all season in the league, whilst the Blues have scored 28 goals (from 68 shots on target). Another stark contrast is the fact that City have the best conversion rate in the Premier League this season (22%) while Sunderland have the lowest shooting accuracy (31%).
Can City end the Black Cats hoodoo and record an away win at the Stadium of Light? Ha’way!