Manchester City welcome relegation threatened Cardiff City to Manchester, hoping to secure the three points needed to return the blues to the top of the Premier League table.
City trail leaders Liverpool by two points after the weekend’s fixtures, but play their game in hand against the struggling Bluebirds. The blues won the reverse fixture 5-0 earlier in the season, and Cardiff go into the match on the back of a controversial 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea. The bleus are on an excellent run of form, but what do the stats say about this fixture? Don’t get too excited, this was a tough one to try and get some stats for.
The blues have entertained Cardiff in Manchester on 25 occasions, but have only lost on match on home soil. Since their first meeting in 1921, City have won 14 and drawn 10 of those matches, and the blues are currently unbeaten in eight matches at home to the Bluebirds.
City’s longest winning run stretches over just four matches, achieved between February 1955 and September 1960, while the longest winless run against Cardiff is three consecutive draws between November 1923 and November 1924.
The blues biggest win in this fixture is 5-1, achieved in December 1922, while the heaviest, and only defeat, came in October 1961, losing 2-1. In total, the blues have scored 58 goals and have failed to score on just two occasions – both 0-0 draws. By comparison, Cardiff have scored just 27 goals, but have failed to score on just five visits, with three of those matches ending in defeats.
This fixture has never been played in April, however they have met on 1st April in Cardiff in 1925 when the blues won 2-0. The closest they have come in Manchester to this date came on 30 March 1985 when Cardiff took a point back to Wales with a 2-2 draw.
Both teams need the points but for very different reasons. Who will take the spoils on Wednesday?