@StatCity: Stoke preview
- 13 September 2013 10:17
- 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 trip to the Britannia Stadium...
The modern football fan doesn’t judge a player or team on how well they perform in a cup final at Wembley anymore. The most up-to-date adage to gauge success in the current game is how a player or team fares on a cold, wet, Tuesday night trip away to Stoke. And that is exactly what awaits Manuel Pelligrini’s men this coming weekend, minus the Tuesday night, but you can see where we’re going with this.
It’s no secret that City have struggled in recent years on said away trips to Stoke. Aside from last season’s FA Cup triumph at the Britannia Stadium, City went a whopping 14 years without a win at the home of the Potters (or 6 games to be less dramatic). The Blues have managed to score on each of their last 6 visits to the Britannia Stadium, albeit a solitary goal in each venture down the M6 since 2009. City are yet to keep a clean sheet in away Premier League matches at Stoke, again conceding just the one goal in each of those 5 games.
This weekend’s encounter will be the 104th time that the pair have met in all competitions. City have won 45 (43.69%) and drawn 23 (22.33%) of the previous 103 matches against the Potters. The Blues have only won 12 of their 51 away matches against Stoke City (23.53%) in total and have only kept clean sheets in 8 of those.
In the Premier League as a whole, City have a great record against Stoke (if we ignore James Beattie’s header back in 2009 which gave Stoke their only Premier League win over the Blues) winning 5 and drawing 4 of the 10 previous meetings.
The match against Stoke also pits City against their former manager Mark Hughes who is now in the hot seat at the Britannia Stadium following Tony Pulis departure over the summer. The Welshman has lost three of four Premier League clashes with City since he left the club in December 2009. Another previous connection is former City Player-of-the-Year and new Potters loan-signing Stephen Ireland, who made 176 appearances for the Blues between 2005 and 2010.
Mark Clattenburg is the man in the middle for Saturday’s clash, just as he was almost a year to the day when Peter Crouch netted a controversial opener against City in the corresponding fixture last season. The Blues have only lost 2 of the 20 Premier League matches in which Clattenburg has officiated, although the man from Consett has brandished 5 red cards to City players and just 1 to the opposition in that time.
Sergio Aguero could move to second in City’s all-time Premier League goal scorers chart if he nets against Stoke. The Argentine would join Nicolas Anelka on 37 goals scored for the club.
So, can City do it on a (probably) wet, Saturday, September afternoon at the Britannia Stadium? We hope so.