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@StatCity: CSKA preview

  • 22 October 2013 12:05
  • Posted by @StatCity

The Sky Blues are in Moscow to face Russian champions CKSA. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the game courtesy of Twitter must-follows @StatCity...

So it’s just the 1,577 odd miles that City’s European stars have to travel for their next Champions League encounter, away at CSKA Moscow. The Blues will no doubt be buoyed by their 3-1 away victory over West Ham United on Saturday and will be hoping to make it two wins on the bounce with another victory in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

Away wins have been hard to come by for City in the Champions League though. The Blues have lost five of their seven away games in this competition, with their only points coming from two 3-0 victories over Villarreal and Viktoria Plzen. Away games seem to be somewhat ‘on trend’ for City at the moment, with Pellegrini’s men currently embarking on a 4-game run of matches away from the Etihad Stadium. That, coupled with the fact that Saturday’s recent triumph was City’s first away league win of the season, has seen the emphasis rise significantly of late.

This will be the first time that City and CSKA Moscow have met in a competitive fixture. This will also be the 10th campaign in Europe’s premier competition for the Russian outfit, with the Red-Blues notching a previous best quarter-final finish in the 2009-10 season. City will take some heart from the fact that CSKA have failed to score in four of their six Champions League matches against English opposition. The Red-Blues have also only one won once against English sides, with that victory coming against Arsenal in 2006.

Wednesday night’s hosts have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 home games in the Champions League (7.14%) and with City boasting the most goals scored (20) in the Premier League (2.5 goals per game) could mean we are in line for a pretty exciting encounter.

City’s overall record in the Champions League is played 14, won 4 (28.57%), drawn 4 (28.57%) and lost 6 (42.86%). The Blues have an even record in the goal scoring stakes with both 20 goals scored and 20 goals conceded in those previous 14 fixtures (1.42 gpg). City have failed to score in just two (14.29%) of their Champions League fixtures since they entered the competition in 2011 (both away to German opposition in Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund). At the other end, City have kept 3 clean sheets in the Champions League as a whole.

Man of the moment Sergio Aguero is still just one goal away from becoming City’s joint top all-time European goalscorer. The Argentine hitman would join Francis Lee on 9 goals scored for the club. Yaya Toure and David Silva can both leapfrog Colin Bell’s appearance record in European competition if they are selected against Moscow on Wednesday. The trio are all locked in 7th place in the European appearances charts, featuring 24 times each for the club.

City have overcome their recent away day hoodoo but can they do it on a cold Wednesday night in Moscow?

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