With the international break now over, the return of the Premier League sees City travel to new boys Norwich, in search of three points that will allow them to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the table.
The Canaries are the first newly promoted side the blues have faced this season, and on paper, this fixture should be a win for the blues. But what do the stats say?
14 Years Unbeaten For City
Carrow Road is a ground of mixed results for the blues, although they are currently unbeaten in six matches, which started in February 2005. That was the infamous “Where Are You?” match, when the blues came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Norwich were relegated and in 2012, the Canaries returned to the top flight and were thrashed 6-1 City.
The Winless 90’s
The 1990’s was a difficult decade for City and their visits to Carrow Road saw them win just two of their nine matches in Anglia. After winning 1-0 in April 1990 which effectively sealed their top flight status, City then won the next visit 2-1 in February 1991, but failed to pick up maximum point for the next seven matches, losing two and drawing five.
Winning Streaks And Draw Specialist
As good as City’s dominance over Norwich has been, City’s best winning streak is only three matches long. The 3-2 win in 2005 and the 6-1 victory in 2012 was joined with a 4-3 win in December 2012. In total, the blues have won just 12 out of 33 games played at Carrow Road, while 16 have been drawn and just five lost. From the draws, six have been goalless, including City’s last league visit to Norwich, where the home team celebrated like they’d won the match.
Goals? Definitely, Maybe
City fans never know what they’re going to get from Carrow Road. It can be a goal fest or a drab 0-0. City’s biggest win remains at 6-1 in 2012, while their heaviest defeat is that 4-1 battering in 1962. In total, City have scored 52 goals in all competitions and conceded 37. The blues have kept ten clean sheets in this fixture, but have failed to score on just nine occasions.
September doesn’t make good reading for City fans. From the five games played in this month, City have failed to win any, losing two and drawing three. The blues lost their first September match at Carrow Road in 1964, when they were on the end of a 4-1 thrashing. Their other defeat came more recently – September 1999 when the newly promoted blues lost 1-0. The three draws were all score draws, 3-3 in 1965, 1-1 ten years later and 1-1 in 1978.