@StatCity: Villa preview
- 27 September 2013 14:30
- 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 trip to Villa Park on Saturday...
Twelve goals in the last three games. Nine goals in the last two games. Five goals in the last one. City have had a rampant week so far and they will be hoping that form continues into the next with victory over Aston Villa when the Premier League resumes this weekend.
The Blues can be forgiven for being fairly optimistic going into this away clash at Villa Park. After all, City have won more Premier League matches against Aston Villa (18) than against any other opposition. The Blues have also scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa (57) than against any other opponent.
In recent Premier League meetings, City have only lost 1 of the last 9 fixtures between the pair, falling to a first-half Darren Bent strike in a 1-0 defeat back in January 2011. Since then, the Blues have won all 4 Premier League meetings and have scored 11 goals in the process (City have only conceded one Premier League goal against Aston Villa in that time too).
City’s leading goalscorers in Premier League matches against Aston Villa are all stuck on 4 goals. They are Uwe Rosler, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and ex-Villa front man Darius Vassell. Mario Balotelli scored 6 goals against Aston Villa in all competitions, terrorising the Villa Park outfit during his 3 year stint in English football.
The Blues’ record at Villa Park isn’t as flamboyant as the aforementioned meetings. City have only scored 3 goals in their last 4 away games against Villa, with the last two matches both ending in narrow 1-0 victories.
Overall, the two sides are meeting for the 164th time in all competitions. City have won 67 (41.10%), drawn 40 (24.54%) and lost just 56 (34.36%) of the previous 163 fixtures. The Blues have scored 255 goals (1.56 gpg) against Aston Villa in all competitions and have conceded 237 goals (1.45 gpg). City have managed to keep 42 clean sheets against Villa (25.77%) and have failed to score on just 30 occasions (18.40%).
Sergio Aguero reached the milestone of 50 goals scored for Manchester City, in all competitions, last weekend when he opened the scoring in the Demolition Derby against Manchester United. The Argentine then moved to 2nd place in the all-time Premier League scoring charts for City, when he converted for the Blues’ third goal last weekend taking him to 38 goals scored for the club. Sergio is now 20 goals behind fellow countryman Carlos Tevez in 1st place.
City have kept three clean sheets in their last four Premier League away games but have only won three of their last 10 top-flight matches away from the Etihad Stadium having drawn 3 and losing 4 of those fixtures. The Blues will be hoping that they can capitalise on the fact that Aston Villa have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League home games and are without a win in their last three matches at Villa Park.