Stat hit: City v Wigan

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 05: Mohamed Diame of Wigan Athletic battles for the ball with Carlos Tevez of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 5, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

City return to Premier League action tomorrow following the international break and will be confident of maintaining their 100% start to the season against Wigan, who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of last season.

The corresponding fixture in 2010/11 is in an interesting one to look at given it was one where City struggled to break down doughty opposition and got the points largely thanks to an error from goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

Games such as that one were a driving force behind Roberto Mancini adding offensive weapons such as Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri: players who could be the difference makers in tight games that often frustrated City and this is an area borne out in the stats from this season so far, courtesy of EPL Index.

Here are the team head to head numbers:

Head to head

City

Wigan

Passes

1264/1499

871/1090

Pass %

84%

80%

Crosses

16/58

12/54

Through balls

18

4

Chances

53

28

Tackles

30/41

44/56

Possession

133/287

142/278

Aerial

28/64

30/56

Interceptions

49

67

Shots

58/70

26/42

The individual leaders:

Leaders

City

Wigan

Average passes

Nasri 71

Watson 55.7

Pass %

Yaya 92%

Piscu 95%

Average shots

Dzeko 4.7

di Santo 2.7

Key passes

Dzeko 3.7

Watson 2.7

Tackles

Barry 2.3

Watson 3.7

Goals

Dzeko 6

di Santo 2

And some of the key stats that may determine the outcome of the game:

City have won 70%, drawn 20% and lost 10% of their last 20 home games.

City have kept a clean sheet in 65% of their last 20 home games.

City have opened the scoring in 14 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 13, draw 1 and lose 0 of these matches.    

City have found the net in 17 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 14, draw 2 and lose 1 of these matches.

City have failed to keep the opposition at bay in only 7 of their last 20 home games, going on to win 3, draw 2 and lose 2 of these matches.

A 1-0 win has been the most common result for Man City in their last 20 home games, with this score occurring on 5 occasions.    

Despite their proficiency in front of goal City have yet to score in the first 25 minutes of games this season.

Wigan have conceded the opening goal in 10 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 0, draw 3 and lose 7 of these matches.

Wigan have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 away games.

Wigan have failed to score in 40% of their last 20 away games.    

Wigan have found the net in 12 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 4, draw 5 and lose 3 of these matches.

A 0-0 draw has been the most common result for Wigan in their last 20 away games, with this score occurring 15% of the time.

The last 20 Wigan away matches have produced an average of 2.3 goals per games.    

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