Manchester City welcome Leeds United to the Etihad Stadium for their first league meeting since December 2003. Since then, City have gone from strength the strength while Leeds suffered three seasons in League One during their 17-year exile from the Premier League.
City have an indifferent record against the Yorkshire whites, with just one win in 6 league matches. The solitary win came in January 2003, when a first half goal by Shaun Goater as added to by a screamer from Niclas Jensen.
The blues last league defeat in this fixture came in January 2001 when a struggling City side were hammered 4-0 by the visitors. While Leeds finished fourth in the league, City were relegated to the Championship after just one season.
The last victory City have over Leeds came in the FA Cup in February 2013, when the blues inflicted a 4-0 thrashing on their opponents. That gained a modicum of revenge for City, who were beaten 5-2 at Maine Road by Leeds in January 2000 in the same competition.
Saturday’s meeting will be the 53rd time these two have met in all competitions, with the blues winning 30 to Leeds 13. City have scored exactly 100 goals in all competitions, while Leeds have scored 55. City have kept 19 clean sheets in this fixture and have failed to score on just 10 occasions. Four of those ended in goalless draws with six ending in defeat.
City’s biggest league win came in April 1938 when the blues beat Leeds 6-2 at Maine Road, which is also the highest scoring match between the two, while Leeds’ best result against City was that 4-0 win in January 2001.
The record for the longest unbeaten run by any of the two teams is held by City, who went 12 matches with defeat between September 1936 and September 1968. The blues won 11 of those matches, with the solitary draw being a 3-3 stalemate in December 1959. However, City’s longest winning streak at home to Leeds is between April 1925 and April 1933, when the blues recorded 7 straight victories of their Yorkshire rivals.
Leeds best winning streak at City is three matches, achieved between November 1969 and August 1971. The blues failed to score in two of those games.
For the superstitious types, it is worth noting that April is the most popular month to play Leeds, with 9 meetings between the two in this month. City have won 6 of those matches with an aggregate score of 24-12. For the very pessimistic blues, City have played this fixture on 10th April just once – a 3-1 home defeat in 1936.