@StatCity: United preview
- 22 September 2013 10:14
- 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 the 166th Manchester derby...
Four City players could be getting their first taste of a Manchester Derby this weekend with the red side of town travelling to the Etihad Stadium for the 166th instalment of this fascinating encounter.
New-boys Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic are no strangers to a derby or two themselves of course. Each player experiencing the like at their previous clubs but nothing compares to a Manchester Derby. Especially when both teams are jostling for a seat at footballs ‘top table’.
It is also a first Derby for newly-appointed managers David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini. In terms of Manchester City managers in their first Derbies, only Kevin Keegan and Sven Goran Eriksson can boast victories at the first time of asking.
In the last 8 Manchester Derbies in all competitions, City and United have a fairly even record, winning 4 games a piece. There has only been one draw in the last 20 matches between the two sides. In total, the pair are meeting for the 165th time. The Blues have won 46 (28.05%), drawn 50 (30.49%) and lost 68 (41.46%) of the previous 164 encounters. City have scored 223 goals against United in all competitions (1.35 gpg) and have been on the receiving end of 239 United goals (1.45 gpg). The Blues have failed to score on 47 occasions (28.66%) and have managed to shut the Red Devils out 38 times (23.17%).
City have managed to score against United in each of their last 8 meetings, although six of the last seven meetings between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium have seen fewer that two goals scored. In recent years the Manchester Derby has been a cagey affair, (if we ignore the 6-1 demolition in October 2011 for a second) with seven of the last eight meetings being settled by the odd goal.
The Blues will have to be wary of Wayne Rooney in Sunday’s encounter. The Liverpudlian has scored more goals than any other visiting player at the Etihad Stadium (6). Another player who usually enjoys playing against City is Belgian-international Marouane Fellaini. The new United signing has won five times against the Blues in the Premier League, only against Sunderland has he enjoyed more victories.
City will be looking to add to their already four Premier League clean sheets against Manchester United this weekend. The Blues will be buoyed by the fact that they have kept the most clean sheets in the division since the beginning of the 2012-13 season (21). Six of those clean sheets have come in Ciry’s last eight Premier League matches.
Yaya Toure’s barnstorming start to the campaign has been cemented with the Ivorian finding himself at the top of City’s goalscoring charts so far this season. Yaya also finds himself topping the passes table, the Blues midfield general has made 347 passes this season, 30 more than any other player in the league and 65 more than Utd’s leading passer Michael Carrick (282).