Manchester City Take Just 22 Games to Match Last Season’s Goal Tally

As Mario Balotelli coolly tucked home a stoppage time penalty to give Manchester City a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, the Premier League leaders have now matched last season’s goal tally of 60 within 22 games this season.

Manchester City have picked up 54 points with the 60 goals scored in their opening 22 games of the 2011/12 season; that’s an improvement of 27 goals and 12 more points than they had this time last season.

2011/12 Result Total Shots Shots on Target Accuracy Conversion %
Swansea City (H) 4-0 24 15 63% 16.7%
Bolton Wanderers (A) 3-2 15 7 47% 20.0%
Tottenham Hotspur (A) 5-1 19 9 47% 26.3%
Wigan Athletic (H) 3-0 21 7 33% 14.3%
Fulham (A) 2-2 12 5 42% 16.7%
Everton (H) 2-0 17 7 41% 11.8%
Blackburn Rovers (A) 4-0 14 7 50% 28.6%
Aston Villa (H) 4-1 12 8 67% 33.3%
Manchester United (A) 6-1 15 7 47% 40.0%
Wolves (H) 3-1 17 7 41% 17.6%
Queens Park Rangers (A) 3-2 15 5 33% 20.0%
Newcastle United (H) 3-1 7 5 71% 42.9%
Liverpool (A) 1-1 7 3 43% 14.3%
Norwich City (H) 5-1 16 10 63% 31.3%
Chelsea (A) 1-2 6 2 33% 16.7%
Arsenal (H) 1-0 11 6 55% 9.1%
Stoke City (H) 3-0 14 11 79% 21.4%
West Brom (A) 0-0 12 4 33% 0%
Sunderland (A) 0-1 20 5 25% 0%
Liverpool (H) 3-0 8 6 75% 37.5%
Wigan Athletic (A) 1-0 11 6 55% 9.1%
Tottenham Hotspur (H) 3-2 9 4 44% 33.3%
 Season Totals 302 146 48% 19.9%

One of the obvious stand out improvements on last season was the 6-1 victory at Old Trafford earlier this season; having only scored 1 goal in their two Premier League meetings with Manchester United last season. City also failed to score 6 goals against any team in both games combined last season.

Opposition PPG GPG
Manchester United 3 6
Norwich City 3 5
Aston Villa 3 4
Blackburn Rovers 3 4
Swansea City 3 4
Tottenham Hotspur 3 4
Bolton Wanderers 3 3
Newcastle United 3 3
Queens Park Rangers 3 3
Stoke City 3 3
Wolves 3 3
Everton 3 2
Wigan Athletic 3 2
Arsenal 3 1
Liverpool 2 2
Fulham 1 2
West Brom 1 0
Chelsea 0 1
Sunderland 0 0

Everton were the only side to take 6 points off Manchester City in 2010/11. Roberto Mancini’s side have already improved on that this season with a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium and go into their next meeting as odds-on favourites to 6 points on the season.

2010/11 Result Total Shots Shots on Target Accuracy Conversion %
Tottenham Hotspur (A) 0-0 6 2 33% 0%
Liverpool (H) 3-0 8 3 38% 37.5%
Sunderland (A) 0-1 4 2 50% 0%
Blackburn Rovers (H) 1-1 17 10 59% 5.9%
Wigan Athletic (A) 2-0 9 3 33% 22.2%
Chelsea (H) 1-0 6 4 67% 16.7%
Newcastle United (H) 2-1 9 5 56% 22.2%
Blackpool (A) 3-2 11 7 64% 27.3%
Arsenal (H) 0-3 7 4 57% 0%
Wolves (A) 1-2 10 2 20% 10.0%
West Brom (A) 2-0 7 3 43% 28.6%
Manchester United (H) 0-0 6 2 33% 0%
Birmingham City (H) 0-0 16 7 44% 0%
Fulham (A) 4-1 9 6 67% 44.4%
Stoke City (A) 1-1 9 4 44% 11.1%
Bolton Wanderers (H) 1-0 16 7 44% 6.3%
West Ham (A) 3-1 11 8 73% 27.3%
Everton (H) 1-2 17 7 41% 11.8%
Newcastle United (A) 3-1 7 3 43% 42.9%
Aston Villa (H) 4-0 9 6 67% 44.4%
Blackpool (H) 1-0 15 3 20% 6.7%
Arsenal (A) 0-0 5 0 0% 0%
Wolves (H) 4-3 11 8 73% 36.4%
Aston Villa (A) 0-1 13 3 23% 0%
Birmingham City (A) 2-2 11 7 64% 18.2%
West Brom (H) 3-0 12 8 67% 25.0%
Manchester United (A) 1-2 8 3 38% 12.5%
Fulham (H) 1-1 14 4 29% 7.1%
Wigan Athletic (H) 1-0 5 2 40% 20.0%
Chelsea (A) 0-2 3 1 33% 0%
Sunderland (H) 5-0 11 9 82% 45.5%
Liverpool (A) 0-3 11 2 18% 0%
Blackburn Rovers (A) 1-0 9 5 56% 11.1%
West Ham (H) 2-1 17 9 53% 11.8%
Everton (A) 1-2 8 3 38% 12.5%
Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-0 6 3 50% 16.7%
Stoke City (H) 3-0 13 5 38% 23.1%
Bolton Wanderers (A) 2-0 15 7 47% 13.3%
Season Totals 381 177 46% 15.7%

Last season, Manchester City dropped 4 points against to-be-relegated Birmingham City whilst they have taken maximum points from their three games with each of the newly-promoted sides this season.

Opposition PPG GPG
Newcastle United 3 2.5
West Brom 3 2.5
West Ham 3 2.5
Blackpool 3 2
Bolton Wanderers 3 1.5
Wigan Athletic 3 1.5
Fulham 2 2.5
Wolves 2 2.5
Stoke City 2 2
Blackburn Rovers 2 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2 0.5
Sunderland 1.5 2.5
Aston Villa 1.5 2
Liverpool 1.5 1.5
Chelsea 1.5 0.5
Birmingham City 1 1
Manchester United 0.5 0.5
Arsenal 0.5 0
Everton 0 1

One noticeable statistic in the table below shows the improvement of their chance conversion rate this season; moving up from 15.7% to 19.9% on average. Their number of shots per game is also up from an average of 10 last season to 13 a game twelve months on.

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