The Etihad Stadium is considered a fortress in English football. Last season Manchester City dropped just five points, winning 17 of their 19 home games. The season previous they won 14 of their 19 games, losing just twice. In 2011/12 they didn’t lose at all, winning 18 and drawing just once on the way to the league title. The City faithful certainly get some enjoyment for the whopping amount of cash they splash out for a season ticket each year. It’s the most dominant display on home soil since Freddie Flintoff tore the Australians a new one in the 200 Ashes Series.
But one manager appears to have the knack of picking up points away to Manchester City, The Special One, Jose Mourinho.
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Mourinho’s first ever trip away to City was with Chelsea in October 2004 and ended in defeat. Sulky journey-man Nicolas Anelka slotted home an 11th minute penalty to decide the tie and dish out Mourinho’s first ever loss as Chelsea gaffer. Since then however, Mourinho has had it pretty much all his own way.
- Since that game Mourinho has gone to City and picked up three 1-0 wins (2005, 2007 and 2014), a 1-1 draw in the Champions League with Real Madrid two years ago and just the one loss – a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup last season
- In his six games he has kept three clean sheets. An impressive stat when you consider that City have scored 107 goals at home since the start of the 2012/13 season – an average of 2.7 goals a game
- Although, there a rarely many goals for either side when Mourinho visits Manchester City. Mourinho’s sides have scored just four goals, as have City, in the six games they’ve contested.
Based on the stats plenty of punters might be tempted to back Chelsea to win at 9/5 or have the nibble on Chelsea draw no bet at 11/10. The best bet of Sunday’s game however might be evens for there to be under 2.5 goals. In none of Mourinho’s trips to Man City have there been more than 2.5 goals in a game, and with neither team wanting to drop points against their nearest rivals, you’d argue that both managers would happily take a point. With that in mind both the 0-0 correct score at 9/1 and the 1-1 correct score at 6/1 might be worth a cheeky punt at the prices.
The Etihad might well be considered a fortress, but so far Mourinho is King of this castle.
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