City recently put the Magpies out of the FA Cup and hold a tremendous home record over Wednesday’s visitors and on paper, this should be another victory for the blues, but what do the stats say about this fixture?
These two teams will meet on Wednesday for the 22ndtime in the Premier League era in all competitions and it’s safe to safe the blues well and truly hold the upper hand on the North east counterparts.
City have won 14 of those matches, drawing six and losing just two, with just one of those defeats coming in the Premier League. City last lost a league match to the Magpies in September 2000, when Newcastle won 1-0. Since then, City have been unbeaten in the league in fifteen matches, winning thirteen. However the last time Newcastle beat City in Manchester was as recently as October 2014, when the visitors beat the blues 2-0 in the League Cup.
City have won the last ten home league matches against Newcastle and a victory on Wednesday will see them record 11 successive home top flight victories for the first time against a single side.
Wednesday’s match will be the 88thtime the two have faced each other in Manchester, with City winning 48 to Newcastle’s 19.
There have always been goals in this fixture too. There have only ever been five goalless draws between the two sides, with the last one coming in November 2006. Since then, City have scored 34 goals to Newcastle’s 9, and City have won the last four home games by an aggregate score of 16-3.
City have only failed to score in this fixture on 13 occasions, while stopping Newcastle from notching a goal 30 times since their first meeting in 1893.
Overall, the blues have scored 169 goals in this fixture, a goal average of 1.92 goals per game. Meanwhile, Newcastle have scored 93 goals in all competitions, a goal average of 1.05 goals per game.
City’s biggest victory over Newcastle was as recent as October 2015, when Sergio Aguero took matters into his own hands and scored five as the blues beat Newcastle 6-1, while the heaviest defeat City have suffered stands at 4-1 on Boxing Day 1905, although the blues did suffer a 5-4 FA Cup loss at home to Newcastle in January 1957, which remains the match with the highest number of goals scored between the two.
City’s longest winning run in the league is 10 matches, however in all competitions, the number reduces to six, due to the blues 2-0 league Cup loss of 2014. Their longest unbeaten run stands at 12 matches, and was actually achieved between January 1961 and March 1974, when City won nine and drew three. Again, if it wasn’t for that solitary League Cup defeat, the current run would easily overtake it.
Newcastle’s longest winning streak is three matches, achieved between November 1955 and March 1957, however their longest unbeaten run is four matches – three draws and a victory between November 1994 and September 2000.
The stats are with City on this one, but who will take the spoils on Wednesday?