FOOTBALL - Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 victory over West Ham United in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal tie. The Citizens are in a commanding position to reach their first League Cup final since 1976, which was also the last year they won this trophy. They also won it in 1970 and finished runners-up in 1974.
FOOTBALL - Bayern’s record streak of 10 consecutive CL wins came to an end, as the titleholders succumbed to a resurgent Manchester City after taking a 2-0 lead. Bayern lose a home match after going 2-0 up for the first time in almost 39 years, since 25 January 1975 (Bundesliga: Bayern München - Kickers Offenbach 2-3). City fell one goal short of winning the group. With 15 points won, Manchester City are ‘the best’ number two in a CL group ever.
FOOTBALL - Man City recorded their biggest ever Premier League win (previous best was 6-0 home v Portsmouth in Sept 2008) and equalled their biggest ever top flight win (also won 7-0 in Div 1 home v Burnley in Dec 1968 & v Bolton in March 1936). Norwich recorded their worst ever top flight defeat – their previous worst had been a six goal losing margin, which previously occurred three times in top flight history.
Reigning champions Manchester City lost 3-1 at promoted Southampton on Saturday. It was the first time a promoted team defeated the current champions in the Premier League since Burnley beat Manchester United 1-0 in August 2009. On a total of nine occasions did clubs promote to the Premier League and beat the reigning champions in the same season. Click the read more button to found out more.
FOOTBALL - On Sunday Manchester City collected their first league win at Arsenal in 38 years ending a 27-match winless streak at Arsenal, their longest ever in the English top flight.
FOOTBALL - As a companion piece to the “Race to 38/68/87” piece which blogger James Grayson published on the Premier League yesterday, we have looked at the current Euro Club Index assessment of the competition.
FOOTBALL - With the Premier League returning this week after taking a break for the FA Cup, the focus will be back on the title race between the two Manchester clubs. However, it is well worth asking whether that title race is actually all but over. Head of Analysis at the Infostrada Sports Group Simon Gleave has looked at the top three in the Premier League from a variety of different angles and presents his findings here.
FOOTBALL - Mario Balotelli’s scuffle with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the practice pitch will likely once again raise the question of need. Since the arrival of enigmatic striker at City, three of his teammates have outscored him in league matches. Click Read More to see our Infographic, then click on the graphic to enable its interactive features.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, Manchester City won a third consecutive PL visit to Newcastle, and set a new top flight club record of going unbeaten in their first eight away matches of a season.
FOOTBALL - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been quoted as saying that there would be a House of Commons inquiry if Manchester United were awarded as many penalties as Manchester City. Since the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, City have been awarded 20 penalties at the Etihad Stadium and United 13 at Old Trafford. However, as those totals encompass only 45 or 46 matches, it seems rather a limited dataset to draw conclusions from. We went back to City’s return to the Premier League 10 years ago to increase the size of the dataset in order to produce a more valid analysis.
FOOTBALL - The Premier League this season has already developed into a two horse race for the title between the two Manchester clubs. Judging from the clubs’ current ISG coefficients which compare their performance this season with last, this weekend’s Manchester derby could make a big difference to the current race but not in the way suggested by the league table.
FOOTBALL - Manchester United came back from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1, on Saturday. United secured their sixth come from behind PL victory this season – equalling their most in a single PL season (set in 1999-00).