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Managing Editor of SBNation's Manchester City blog 'Bitter and Blue' and author of 'Man City 365'.

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City v United: A look at the goalscoring numbers

City v United: A look at the goalscoring numbers

A month ago Monday’s derby at The Etihad Stadium appeared to be one that would see Manchester United crowned as Premier League Champions – either walking on to the pitch as the 2011/12 winners or celebrating at the final whistle – but with defeat at Wigan and then dropping points at home to Everton suddenly City have a second chance. Following defeat at Arsenal when the wheels looked as though they were falling off City’s season no-one gave them much …
The declining productivity of David Silva | Opta Stats

The declining productivity of David Silva | Opta Stats

With Manchester City’s recent run of results seeing neighbours United open up a five-point lead at the top of the table it is looking increasingly likely that the Premier League title this season will be heading to Old Trafford and not the Etihad Stadium. Despite having a crucial week ahead (both City and United playing three times) that could redefine the title race, City’s season is beginning to be picked apart as the search for culpability begins, with Roberto Mancini, …
Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

Man City: Away day Blues | Opta Stats Analysis

In falling to a 1-0 defeat against Swansea at The Liberty Stadium last Sunday Manchester City – courtesy of cross-city rivals United’s win against West Brom – fell to second place in the Premier League table after a lengthy run in first place. In many ways it may have been some time coming. Despite maintaining a record 100% home record this season – a record-breaking 14 games (19 all told stretching back to 2010/11) – City have struggled of late …
Man City 2 - 0 Bolton | Full-backs analysis | EPL Opta Stats

Man City 2 - 0 Bolton | Full-backs analysis | EPL Opta Stats

With Micah Richards already ruled out through injury, when Pablo Zabaleta limped off after a mere twenty-minutes against Bolton on Saturday Roberto Mancini was forced into calling upon Kolo Toure as an emergency right-back. Toure, who has barely featured for City in 2012 so far through a combination of the form of the Vincent Kompany-Joleon Lescott partnership and his participation in the African Cup of Nations, barely missed a step though in what was a fairly unfamiliar position as City …
Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Tevez returns - but have City moved on?

Many months, many column inches and many millions of pounds later we finally have the apology from Carlos Tevez; an apology deemed to be sufficient for Roberto Mancini to welcome him back (even if not quite with open arms) into the fold, stating that he ‘has no problem’ with Tevez. This week saw City both progress in to the last sixteen of the Europa League and see Tevez return to the training ground ahead of City resuming Premier League action …
Manchester City - Home & Away | Stats

Manchester City - Home & Away | Stats

With victory over Fulham last weekend, Manchester City set a new record for consecutive home victories. The 3-0 win was their twelfth successive win of the 2011/12 season and the five games they won in a row to close out 2010/11 sees their run now stand at a very impressive 17 games and City now have the all-time Premier League record within their sights. Of late though – and after some comprehensive early season victories – their away form has …
Everton v City Stats | The decisive match-ups

Everton v City Stats | The decisive match-ups

Given their recent history in games at Goodison Park, perhaps it was not a huge surprise that Manchester City fell to defeat on Tuesday. The defeat signalled City’s fourth (in all competitions) in the month of January as they saw Manchester United draw level on points at the top of the Premier League. Yet it was as much the manner of the performance in defeat that led to much consternation in some quarters of City’s support; a growing belief forming …
The battle between Richards and Bale

The battle between Richards and Bale

Following Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Tottenham, City’s Micah Richards tweeted fulsome praise for Gareth Bale, comparing going against him to that of facing Arjen Robben (who ensured Richards endured a torrid Champions League evening in Munich earlier this season). Bale, the reigning PFA Player of The Year, has again been in excellent form through 2011/12 and his going up against Richards was one of several key match-ups in Sunday’s game that saw City snatch the win with Mario Balotelli’s late …
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