Statistical breakdown of City's win over United

April, 30, 2012

In pursuit of its first league title since 1968, Manchester City held serve at Etihad Stadium and moved to the top of the Premier League table. Here are five notes on City's historic win on Monday.

• With the victory, Manchester City more than doubles its title chances according to SPI, increasing its odds from 27.7 percent to 65.8 percent. Two more wins will give City its first league title since 1968, assuming United does not make up the goal difference of eight.

• Vincent Kompany scored the game's only goal, a first-half header off a stoppage-time corner kick. The goal ended a 374-minute home scoreless drought for City against United. Manchester City has 14 goals from corners in the Premier League this season, more than any other team.

• Manchester City swept Manchester United for the second time in the last 40 years. Perhaps a glimmer of hope for United fans: The other occurrence was 2007-08, when United proceeded to win the league title by two points over Chelsea.

• Manchester City remains undefeated (17-0-1) at home this season and is unbeaten in 28 straight league home games, last losing to Everton in December 2010. This is City's longest home unbeaten run in league play since a 41-game streak from 1919 to 1921.

• A huge difference in the game was passing in the attacking third, both in accuracy and volume. City completed 68.7 percent of its passes in the final third (101 of 147), compared with United's 56.7 percent (59 of 104). Eight City players completed double-digit passes in the attacking third, led by Samir Nasri's 21. Nani topped United with 16, and Phil Jones had nine; they were the only two United players with more than five.



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