City welcome Wolves to the Etihad as they search for another three points that will keep pace with leaders Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.
The blues will be looking for a little revenge after being held to a 1-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, when a goal that went in off the hand of Willy Boly was allowed to stand. And last season, the blues needed a penalty shoot-out win to edge patch the Black Country outfit. So how will the blues fare this time and what do the stats say? Let’s take a look.
City are currently unbeaten in six home games against Wolves, winning 5 (including the shoot-out) and drawing one in April 2004. There have been 59 games between the two sides in Manchester, with City winning 33 and drawing 12, with Wolves winning just 11 times. One of those times came in 1987 when the second division blues welcomed the then fourth division side to Maine Road in the League Cup. The blues lost the first leg after a disastrous mistake by goalkeeper Eric Nixon handed Wolves a first leg win.
The first meeting took place as far back as September 1899, which finished 1-1. The blues then won their next 13 home games with Wolves, a run that included our biggest home win to date – 6-0 in December 1909. The heaviest home defeat by goal margin is 4-0 in August 1953, although Wolves did win 6-4 in September 1959
The longest losing run occurred between December 1956 and December 1960 when the blues lost five home games on the trot. In addition, the run coincided with City’s longest run without a win by drawing three games either side of those defeats.
The blues have stopped Wolves from scoring in Manchester on 17 occasions, while they themselves have failed to score just 9 times in 59 matches. In fact, it took Wolves 19 games before keeping a clean sheet at City – a 0-0 draw in August 1951. In total, the blues have scored 140 goals at home to Wolves, compared to 88 scored by the visitors.
Despite the number of matches played between the two, City have only played Wolves at home on three occasions in January. 1January 1938 the blues lost 4-2, while on 12th January 1952 the teams played out a 2-2 FA Cup draw. City’s only win against Wolves in this month came on 15th January 2011. The visitors took a 12th minute lead, before City hit back and lead 4-1 after 66 minutes. Wolves hit back but couldn’t find an equaliser.