April 14th seems to be quite a luck day for City. The blues have played a number of games on this day, but you have to go as far back as 1976 to find the last time the blues lost on this date. Here’s a selection of games played on this day in bygone years.
2019 – Crystal Palace
The blues headed to Selhurst Park on this day last season to try and continue their good run of form in the run up to the end of the season. City had won their last eight Premier League matches, but Palace had shown they were no pushovers back in December, when they recorded a 3-2 in Manchester.
It was different this time though as two goals from Raheem Sterling put City in a commanding 2-0 lead. That held until the 81st minute when Palace pulled one back with a free-kick, but Gabriel Jesus made sure of a ninth successive win with a third goal in injury tome to secure a 3-1 victory for the blues.
2018 - Spurs
City could have wrapped up the league a week earlier when they threw away a 2 goal lead at home to United to lose 3-2, and they had another opportunity to put one hand on the trophy with a visit to Spurs at Wembley.
Two goals in three minutes from Gabriel Jesus and an Ilkay Gundogan penalty put the blues 2-0 up before Christian Eriksen pulled on back before half time. Raheem Sterling fired home a third for City on 72 minutes and that proved enough to wrap up the title, as United lost at home to West Brom the following day to crown City champions.
2013 – Chelsea
City faced off against Chelsea on this day in 2013 in the FA Cup semi-final, with the blues looking to secure a third final appearance in three years.
The blues took the lead through Samir Nasri just ten minutes before half time, then Sergio Aguero headed City 2-0 in front minutes after the restart. Demba Ba pulled a goal back for the Londoners, and Fernando Torres had a good appeal for a penalty turned down as the blues made it to Wembley and a showdown with Wigan Athletic.
2012 – Norwich
In 2012, City looked to have blown their chance of winning the Premier League for the first time. Defeat at Arsenal had left City eight points behind United, however City’s win over West Brom in midweek, together with United’s surprise loss at Wigan gave the blues hope.
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero gave City a 2-0 half time lead and, despite the home side pulling a goal six minutes into the second half, City went on to win in style. The two Argentines each scored within two minutes of each over to put City 4-1 up, before Tevez completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute. Adam Johnson made it 6-1 in the final minutes as City kept up the pressure on United.
2001 – Leicester City
The blues were heading for the relegation trapdoor when they visited Leicester on this day in 2001. The blues needed the three points to try and keep their top flight status, and they just about managed it.
Shaun Goater gave City the lead after 17 minutes but Ade Akinbiyi equalised just before half time. Paolo Wanchope scored the decisive goal for City that brough the three points back to Manchester and gave the blues a glimmer of hope in their battle against relegation.
1995 – Liverpool
City weren’t that bad a side in 1995, although it was looking a little hairy for City towards the end of the season. The blues were just three points clear of the relegation zone by the time Roy Evans brought his Liverpool side to Maine Road and the City desperately needed the three points to keep their battle alive. And they got them.
Nicky Summerbee gave City the lead in the 17th minute, only for Steve McManaman to equalise four minutes later. With the match seemingly heading for a draw, Mauizio Gaudino popped to score the winner with 13 minutes remaining to hand City the three points and a move away from the relegation zone.