@StatCity: Swansea preview
- 30 November 2013 15:46
- Posted by @StatCity
Manchester City and Swansea City are relatively strangers when it comes to competitive meetings between the pair.
The two sides are facing each other for only the 25th time, since their first match up back in September 1926.
The Blues have won 14 (58.33%), drawn 3 (12.50%) and lost just 7 (29.17%) of the previous 24 matches against the South-Wales outfit. City have scored 49 goals against the Swans, averaging a healthy 2.04 goals per game. At the other end of the field, the Blues have shipped just 34 goal in at a rate of 1.41 goals per game and are yet to concede a Swansea goal at home since October 1983.
"City have only ever lost once at home to Swansea in all competitions. That defeat came in 1951 at Maine Road, since then the Blues have gone on to win all 7 home meetings against Swansea, keeping five clean sheets in the process."
In more recent times, since Swansea City’s promotion to the Premier League, the sides are meeting for only the fifth time. The Blues have won 2 (50.00%), drawn 1 (25.55%) and have lost 1 (25.00%) of the previous four meetings. Swansea are yet to score a Premier League goal at the Etihad Stadium. All five of the goals City have scored at the stadium have come in the second half of matches so we may be in for a wait for the deadlock to be broken this Sunday.
Argentine hitman Sergio Aguero opened his goal scoring account with a brace on his City debut against this weekends visitors. Kun’s phenomenal start to the season means the man from Quilmes only needs one more goal to match his entire goals haul from the previous 2012/13 campaign (17). Sergio has scored nine goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.
Another striker in fine form is Spanish international Alvaro Negredo. The ‘Beast of Vallecas’ has netted in his last 6 consecutive games at the Etihad Stadium and only needs to notch against Swansea on Sunday to overtake Carlos Tevez’s record of the same 6 consecutive games scored in at the stadium.
The Blues have turned the Etihad Stadium into somewhat of a fortress recently. City have won 14 and have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games at home, drawing 1 and losing 1 of the other two. Manchester City fans have been treated to an array of outstanding attacking football this season too. The Blues are the first side to score 26 goals in their opening six top-flight home games of a season since Sunderland (26) in the 1935-36 season.
A potential appearance milestone to watch out for this weekend, if David Silva manages to shake off his recent injury troubles and starts the match against Swansea, it will be the Spanish playmakers 100th Premier League start for City.
Can City make it a magnificent seven Premier League home games? Here’s hoping.
Find out if City can further improve the league’s best goalscoring record when Swansea City visit the Etihad Stadium next Sunday 1 December at 4.10pm.
Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased online at mcfc.co.uk/tickets or by telephone on 0161 444 1894.
For more details, read full ticket information for the game here.