Magic Numbers: Manchester City
We preview the trip to the Etihad Stadium in stats and numbers.
Everton make the journey to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday looking for what would be their ninth win in 11 matches over Manchester City.
Here we preview the game with the aid of stats, facts and numbers…
4 Times Sylvain Distin has started every game of a Premier League season. The Frenchman achieved this feat for Manchester City in 2003/04 and 2004/05, for Portsmouth in 2008/09 and for Everton in 2010/11. The defender is also one short of 100 Premier League starts for the Toffees.
5 Premier League victories for Everton at Manchester City under David Moyes. The Everton boss has also won on five occasions away to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.
8 Victories for Everton in their last 10 matches against Manchester City.
9 Goals scored by Everton during the course of our biggest ever top-flight victory, against Manchester City at Goodison Park in September 1906. The Blues ran out 9-1 winners thanks primarily to four goals from Alex ‘Sandy’ Young. This tally was equalled with a 9-1 win over Plymouth in the old Second Division 25 years later.
11Premier League wins against Manchester City for David Moyes in 20 matches. The Scot achieved this record despite failing to win any of his first four encounters with the Citizens. Only Fulham (13) have been beaten more times in the league during Moyes’ reign.
15 Draws for Everton in the league during 2012. The calendar year record in the Premier League era is 16, achieved in both 1998 and 2010.
26 Years since the last Everton hat-trick against Manchester City, netted by Gary Lineker in a 4-0 win at Goodison in February 1986. The match saw an historic first for English football – it was the first ever midweek league game where highlights were shown on television.
36 Matches in Manchester City’s current unbeaten home run in the Premier League, dating back to December 2010 when the Blues triumphed 2-1 thanks to goals by Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines.
67Percentage of Everton’s goals scored in the first half of Premier League matches this season - the highest of any club. Manchester City have the highest percentage (74 per cent) for goals netted in the second period.
170 Matches between the two clubs in all competitions, with Everton leading 65-63 on head-to-head victories. Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, the Blues boast a record of 16 wins compared to Manchester City’s 10.
350 Career matches at club level for Leon Osman following his appearance against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1)