Manchester City travel to St James’s Park on Tuesday as the blues return to Premier League action on Tyneside after two successive cup victories.
City completed their journey into the League Cup Final last Tuesday with a 10-0 aggregate win over Burton Albion, before putting five past Burnley in the FA Cup to set up a fifth round away tie at Middlesbrough or Newport. City have a good recent record in Newcastle, but the full stats tell a very different story.
The two teams have met 89 times in Newcastle, with the blues winning just twenty of those encounters, while they have tasted defeat 51 times and claiming a point on just 18 visits. City’s first trip to Newcastle came way back in 1894 and ended with a 5-4 loss, and they would fail to win the following fourteen matches, losing ten and drawing four.
City recorded their first win in February 1913 and followed that up with another victory the following season, both 1-0. There would then be another eleven matches between that and their next victory in 1931.
Prior to the start of their current unbeaten run against the Magpies, City won just 11 matches. In 2007, the blues recorded their first league win at St James’s Park since the title wining match in 1968, a run of 16 matches without victory, although the blues did record a 3-1 FA Cup win on 29th January 1977 and a 2-0 League Cup win in December 1994.
However, City have put that poor history behind them and now unbeaten in eleven matches . This unbeaten run coincides with City’s best winning streak, which stretches over six matches, five in the league and one in the league cup.
On the other side of the coin, the blues longest losing streak is seven matches, which Newcastle have achieved on two separate occasions. The first came between April 1922 and March 1929, while the second came between September 1949 and April 1956.
City’s biggest win at St James’s Park is 3-0, achieved in October 1956, while the heaviest loss is 5-0 in October 1983. That was the fourth and final time the blues had conceded five goals at Newcastle.
Of the 18 draw, there have only been seven goalless draws, with the last coming in January 1995. The highest scoring draw stands at 3-3 in April 1911.
Overall, the blues have scored 92 goals in this fixture and kept a total of 22 clean sheets. By comparison, the blues have conceded 159 and have failed to score on 33 occasions. However, City have scored on every visit to Newcastle since 2007 and last failed to get on the scoresheet in 2005.
The two teams have met in this fixtures ten times in January, with one match being played on the exact date as tomorrow’s. On that occasion, City won 3-1 in the FA Cup, and City just about shade it with four wins in the month of January, compared with three for Newcastle and three draws.
Who will come out on top tomorrow? Will the blues keep up their recent good run of form on Tyneside and keep the pressure on Liverpool, or will Newcastle finally end their winless run?