By Brian Sears
10 April 2014
Manchester City visit Liverpool this weekend in a match that could have massive implications on the Premier League title race, with a victory for either side sure to make them odds-on favourites to win the title.
If City are to succeed on Sunday, they will need to overturn their Premier League form at Anfield, where they have a woeful record in the era since England’s top division was revamped. And beyond Sunday, they will have only two other away games to play – at Palace and at Everton – and they also have historically poor records at both in the PL era.
As our graphic below shows:
City have played at Anfield 16 times in the Premier League and won 1 in 16.
City have played at Goodison Park 16 times in the Premier League and won 2 in 16.
City have played at Palace three times in the Premier League and won 1 in 3.
In 35 Premier League visits made to those three clubs, City have only so far chalked up these four victories:
31 Oct 1992 Everton 1 Man City 3
3 May 2003 Liverpool 1 Man City 2 (Contemporary link here to report on how City’s Anelka snatched the win in injury time)
18 Sep 2004 C Palace 1 Man City 2
25 Apr 2009 Everton 1 Man City 2
Thus the most recent of those City victories is very nearly five years ago and the only Anfield Premier League victory was more than 10 years ago. As the graphic shows, City have played away at 44 different opponents in the PL era, and only at Cardiff and Arsenal have they had a lower points return (per game) than from Liverpool.