The football season is back!!! Has it really been three months since City won 4-1 at Brighton to claim a second Premier League title in succession? And has it really longer than the other day when the blues thrashed Watford to add the FA Cup to the haul of silverware form last season? Well, yes, I’m afraid it is, and here we are on the eve of another Premier League campaign and the blues start at West Ham at lunchtime tomorrow, so as usual, let’s take a look at some of the stats ahead of the match.
Blues Lethal at the London Stadium
West Ham moved to The London Stadium in 2016, and the blues haven’t just won on all their visits, they have thrashed the hammers on each occasion.
Their first meeting at the Hammers new home in January 2017 ended in a 5-0 FA Cup win for City. A month later, the two teams played their Premier League fixture and the blues won again, this time 4-0. The next two meetings in April and November 2018 ended 4-1 and 4-0 to the blues, meaning City have score an incredible 17 goals to the Hammers 1. Will it be a similar scoreline tomorrow, or will the Hammers push City all the way?
August Blues For The Hammers
These two teams have met twice at West Ham in the month of August, and City have won them both. The first time was 27th August 1977 when the blues won 1-0. The second was when Sven Goran Erikssen took his new look blues to London and won 2-0 on the opening day of the 2007/08 campaign, new signing Rolando Bianchi scoring in the first minutes of his debut.
City Losing In Style
When City lose at West Ham, they do it in style. Seven of City’s defeats have been by four goals or more, including a 5-1 hammering in April 1959 and 6-1 in May 1963. The blues have conceded 66 goals collectively in all their 25 defeats at West Ham, an average of 2.64 goals per defeat. However, City have not lost at West Ham since 2014, which ended 2-1, which is one of only two defeats in fifteen matches in East London.
Some You Win, Some You Lose
City’s longest winning streak at West Ham is currently ongoing, which is four matches. If you factor in a 2-2 draw in January 2016, this equals City’s longest unbeaten run at West Ham of five matches. The same unbeaten run was made between May 2010 and January 2014, with three wins and two draws. On the other side of the coin, City lost five matches in a row in East London between February 1925 and December 1930. Throw in a 1-1 draw in in March 1932, then add two more defeats in May 1939 and October 1946, then City’s longest winless run stands at 8 matches.
Hammers Not keeping It Clean
The Hammers have had an issue with stopping City from scoring at either the Upton Park or London Stadium. The blues last failed to score at either ground in November 2012, when the teams shared the points with a 0-0 draw. City have scored 26 goals since that game and conceded just six.
Captain Silva Loves The Hammers
David Silva has scored in all three appearances at the London Stadium and he captain’s the side on Saturday. The blues are also unbeaten in their last 10 opening day fixtures and have won on the first day for eight successive season.
The West Ham Connection And Fans Love In
City and West Ham fans seem to share a love for each other. It’s fair to say that Hammers fans have never begrudged the blues recent successes and the fans have continued to get along brilliantly. Long may it continue. This may well have grown from some of the players that have played for both sides. Fourteen players have played for both teams in the Premier League era, while three were pre Premier League. However, Ian Bishop’s career saw him play for both clubs pre and post Premier League. He Joined the Hammers in 1989 in a swap deal that saw Bishop and Trevor Morley move to London, with Mark Ward coming to Manchester, but then returned to the club in 1998 with the blues in the third tier.
How many of the fourteen can you name?
There is also a small managerial connection between the two sides. Apart from Manuel Pellegrini currently managing the Hammers, former City boss Malcolm Allison played centre half for West Ham between 1951 and 1957.