@StatCity: West Ham preview
- 07 January 2014 14:25
- Posted by @StatCity
The formidable Twitter stat-fanatics @StatCity return with a numerical look ahead to the first leg of our Capital One Cup semi final against West Ham...
Manchester City face their fifth semi-final in five years as they take on Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night. That’s pretty good going considering the Blues went the best part of 29 years without reaching a semi-final, between 1981 and 2010 (the famous Division Two Play-off Semi-Final aside of course!).
This will be City’s 193rd League Cup fixture, since our first venture into the competition in October 1960. Since then, the Blues have won 101 (52.33%), drawn 38 (19.69%) and have lost just 53 (27.46%) of their previous 192 League Cup matches. It will also be the 8th time that City have reached the semi-finals of this competition. The Blues have a poor record in the ‘first-legs’ of said semi-finals, winning just two of the previous 7, and failing to score in 3 of the last 4.
City have scored 361 goals in the League Cup as a whole, averaging 1.88 goals per game. City have also only failed to score in one of their last 17 League Cup ties. At the other end, the Blues have been breached on 221 occasions, resulting in an average of 1.15 goals per game. City and West Ham have only met twice in the League Cup before, although both of those meetings were in the same season. The pairs original 3rd Round tie in October 1984 ended in a 0-0 draw with City emerging 2-1 victors in the replay at Upton Park. A repeat of those two score lines would be nice this time around!
The Blues are haven’t lost a competitive fixture against West Ham United since 2009 and have won 5 of the last 7 meetings in the mean time, scoring 14 goals in the process. Overall, the two sides are meeting for the 96th time in all competitions. City have won 44 (46.32%), drawn 16 (16.84%) and have lost 35 (36.84%) of the previous 95 matches between the sides. The Blues have scored 148 goals against West Ham United in all competitions (1.55 gpg) and have conceded 140 (1.47 gpg), so not much between the two clubs in terms of goals scored.
Edin Dzeko will be hoping to keep up his fine League Cup form. The Bosnian Diamond has scored in all three of the previous rounds for City this term, netting against Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United and Leicester City respectively.
Can City take a step towards a mid-season final at Wembley with a first leg victory over the Hammers? Here’s hoping!