Five key stats ahead of Manchester City v Newcastle United

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Jack Beresford crunches the numbers as Manuel Pellegrini’s side prepare to face the Magpies at the Etihad in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Newcastle United’s trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup represents the pick of the week’s fourth round ties.

And with that in mind we’ve trawled through the stats to bring you five numbers worth considering whether you are a fan, punter or neutral watching at home.

519 – The number of minutes (excluding injury time) since Newcastle United scored a goal against Manchester City in any competition.

Demba Ba was the last man to find the net for the Toon against City, scoring in a 3-1 home defeat at St James’ Park back in December 2012.

 

Six – Each of the last six meetings between Manchester City and Newcastle have featured exactly the same number of goals in either half.

The Citizens scored a goal either side of half-time in their previous two meetings with the Magpies, while a League Cup tie between the two was 0-0 after 90 minutes. The following three encounters between the pair have featured two goals in either half.

 

75 – Manchester City have scored the majority of their goals in the final 15 minutes of matches in the Premier League and League Cup this season.

42.1 per cent of their goals in the English top-flight have come in this final period of the game while 42.9 per cent of their goals in the Capital One Cup have come at this stage.

 

20 – That’s the average time, in minutes it has taken for Newcastle United to concede a goal in the Premier League this term.

The average time is slightly higher in the League Cup, with the Toon shipping their first goal, on average, after just 25 minutes – though that figure is based on the two games played so far in the competition.

 

Two – Manchester City have scored roughly two goals a game in the Premier League to date and beat Newcastle United 2-0 when the teams met at St James’ Park earlier this season.

That was the third straight game between the two that has ended in a 2-0 win for the Sky Blues. Four of City’s six wins so far this season have come by a two goal margin.

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