Manchester City welcome Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to Manchester, looking for the three points that will put them above the Londoner’s in the league table. The blues have been a bit hit and miss so far this season, while Chelsea have put a good recent run together to turn themselves into genuine title challengers.
This fixture has sometimes been a difficult one for City, but what do the stats say about this match?
Mixed Fortunes For City
Playing Chelsea can sometimes bring out the best in City, such as the 6-0, and sometimes it can show the worst side to them. The blues have won four of the last six meeting between these two, but if you look at the bigger picture, City haven’t actually fared too well against the London side. Out of the 24 league and cup meetings during the Premier League era, City have won just 10, while losing 12.
All Or Nothing – Barely A Draw Between Them
The last time this fixture ended in a draw was September 2014, when a certain Frank Lampard levelled against his former club in the dying minutes of the game. The last draw before that match was April 1994 when the two teams drew 2-2. The last goalless draw was March 1992.
Unbeaten, Winless…They’ve Done It All These Two
With barely any draws between them , it’s inevitable that winning and unbeaten runs will form. City longest winning streak is four matches, achieved between December 2009 and February 2013. By comparison, Chelsea’s longest winning run is six matches, achieved between January 1979 and March 1989. City’s longest unbeaten run currently stands at 20 matches. Sounds impressive, however this was achieved between April 1934 and November 1961.
Chelsea’s longest unbeaten run is seven matches, however this was more recently, as they added to their six straight wins with a 2-2 draw.
Big Wins, Big Defeats
City achieved their biggest win over Chelsea last season when the blues battered to Londoners 6-0, while Chelsea have won 4-1 on two occasions to record their biggest win against the blues.
City have put 6 past Chelsea on two occasions (the other being 6-2 in November 1977, and they have put 5 in the Chelsea goal three times in succession – 5-4 in December 1956, 5-2 September 1957 and 5-1 in November 1958.
Clean Sheets Galore, But Not Mainly For The Blues
Both City and Chelsea have kept just 8 clean sheets in the Premier League era. City have scored 28 goals in this fixture, while Chelsea have breached the City defence on 26 occasions.
November Blues For Chelsea
City and Chelsea have met just six times in the month of November, and City have won three and drawn two, with their only defeat coming on 12th November 1927 when Chelsea won 1-0. City won 2-1 on 22nd November 1913, while their other November victories were 5-1 (15 November 1958) and 6-2 (26 November 1977).
What statistics will be added to these tomorrow?