After suffering a first defeat of the season at the hands of Lyon, Pep Guardiola’s City travel to Cardiff, looking to keep pace with the league leaders. Ahead of the game, we look back at the history between these two teams and see who comes out on top.
The blues have travelled to Cardiff on just 25 occasions, meeting for the first time in November 1921 which ended in a 2-0 win for the blues. The two teams then met six times at Cardiff until 1929, with the blues winning three, losing one and drawing two.
City’s most recent win at Cardiff was last season in the FA Cup, when goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling sent City through, 24 years almost to the day when Cardiff out the blues out of the same competition with a 1-0 win.
City’s biggest win at Cardiff strangely enough, came on 22 September 1984, with the blues winning 3-0, while the heaviest defeat was 6-0 on 21 February 1953. The blues have won just five league matches at Cardiff out of twenty visits, however they have only lost seven, meaning a draw has been the most regular result in this fixture.
The two teams have drawn eight times in the league, including a spell between November 1956 and March 1965 when the two teams played out five successive draws. 1-1 in 1956, was followed by a 3-3 in 1961. In 1962, the teams played out a 0-0 stalemate, followed by two 2-2 draws in 1963 and 1965.
City have scored 31 goals at Cardiff and conceded 38, and have kept clean sheets on just five occasions. However, City have only failed to score in the league at Cardiff three times, two of those ending in defeat.
Their longest unbeaten run against the Bluebirds is six matches, achieved on two occasions. The first between November 1923 and August 1059, when the blues won three and drew three. City went another six matches unbeaten at Cardiff between November 1956 and March 1965, but each of those games were drawn. Their longest losing run is two games – September 1954 and January 1056 (3-0 and 4-1).
City’s last visit to Cardiff in the league ended in a 3-2 defeat in Manuel Pellegrini’s first away game in charge, and Guardiola will be hoping for better when he makes his first league visit to Cardiff. How will it end? We’ll find out in 24 hours.