@StatCity: Cardiff preview
- 17 January 2014 13:27
- Posted by @StatCity
The formidable Twitter stat-fanatics @StatCity return with a numerical look ahead to the home clash against Cardiff...
The race to 100 goals heats up this weekend when Cardiff City come to town. With all the media hype surrounding City’s free scoring exploits of late, it’s easy to forget that there is actually a Premier League tie being played out on Saturday.
So let’s get the ‘100 goals’ statistics out of the way, shall we? If the Blues manage to score against Cardiff this weekend, it would represent the quickest time that a Premier League team has managed to hit a century in a single season (beating Chelsea’s current record in the 2012-13 season by 8 matches).
City would also set a new record in terms of the fastest time taken by an English team to reach 100 goals in a single season should they net against the Bluebirds. A goal against this weekend’s visitors would beat Manchester United’s record set in 1957 by 19 days.
The Blues would also beat their own personal record by a whopping 46 days should they net against Cardiff City on Saturday. A record set by Kevin Keegan’s high flying City side in the 2001-02 season.
Manchester City’s current record in terms of the fastest number of games to reach 100 goals is 37 games; achieved in the 1925-26 season (although that game didn’t take place until 13th March). Should City find the net on Saturday, they would be this record by 3 games (54 days on the calendar!).
Now for the game….. The two sides are meeting for the 49th time in all competitions. City have won 19 (39.58%), drawn 20 (41.67%) and lost just 9 (18.75%) of the previous 48 matches against Cardiff City. The Blues have scored 90 goals against the South Wales outfit (1.87 gpg) and have conceded 67 in reply (1.39 gpg). City have only failed to score on 6 occasions against the Bluebirds (12.50%) and have kept a clean sheet 11 times (22.92%).
At home, City haven’t lost to Cardiff City since 1961 and have won 5 of the last 7 meetings on home soil in that time. The Blues have never failed to score against Cardiff City in league matches at home, a run stretching back to 1921.
There a fair few milestones on offer this weekend should the Blues stick to the script. A win against the Bluebirds would be City’s 250th victory in the Premier League era.
If Joe Hart plays a part on Saturday and City manage to secure victory, it would be his 100th Premier League win for the club. The first City player to reach this landmark.
So can Manchester City reach 100 goals in the fastest time for an English club? Here’s hoping!