@StatCity: Everton preview
- 04 October 2013 10:00
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC - Words by @StatCity
Twitter must-follows @StatCity are back to provide a numerical look-ahead to every City game this season. Here are the numbers that matter ahead of Saturday's game against the Toffees...
Manchester City play host to an unbeaten Everton side this weekend’s in the Premier League’s early kick-off. The Blues will be looking to put a difficult week behind them by taking all 3 points.
It’s no secret that City have struggled against Everton in the Premier League. The Toffees have won 17 Premier League matches against City and have only won more Premier League games against West Ham United (19). Manuel Pellegrini however, does have the beating of Everton. The Chilean has won both of his previous matches against the Merseyside outfit: 2-1 victories home and away for Villarreal in the Champions League qualifying round in August 2005.
In the Premier League, City have won just two of their last 12 meetings with Everton and have only kept one clean sheet in the last 15. At home in this division, the Blues have won 6, drawn1 and lost 5 of the last 12 meetings. City have scored 28 goals against the Toffees at home in the Premier League and have conceded 19 in return.
In this fixture as a whole, the two teams are meeting for the 172nd time in all competitions. City have won 62 (36.26%), drawn 43 (25.15%) and lost 66 (38.60%) of the previous 171 clashes between the sides. City have scored 229 goals against the Toffees (1.33 gpg), which is eclipsed marginally by the 233 goals that Everton have scored (1.36 gpg). City have kept 49 clean sheets against Everton (28.65%) and have failed to score 51 times (29.82%).
This weekend’s match will be Manchester City’s 250th competitive match at the Etihad Stadium. A stadium at which the Blues have scored in their last 53 consecutive Premier League games. That run stretches back to a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City in November 2010.
In City’s last Premier League game, Edin Dzeko became the Blues’ joint-leading goal scorer away from home, alongside former Blue Carlos Tevez (21 goals). A stark contrast to the Bosnian diamond’s home form, where he nets a goal every 197 minutes on average. The Blues are the only Premier League team yet to concede a goal in the first half of matches this season and will be hoping that they can maintain a similar bout of concentration after that early set-back in midweek which gifted Bayern Munich a prompt 1-0 lead.
Manchester City have opened the scoring in 5 of their 6 Premier League games this season. A slightly depressing stat shows that the Blues have let the most points slip (6) from winning positions this season, more than any other team in the division.So, can Manuel Pellegrini continue his 100% record over the Toffees and end the Everton hoodoo in the process? Here’s hoping.