City face Portsmouth at the weekend looking to defend their impressive record against the South Coast side.
The blues are currently unbeaten in six Premier League home games against Pompey, winning four and drawing two. Portsmouth currently lie bottom of the Premiership and have only won once on their travels so far this season, that being a 1-0 at Wolves which ended a run of seven straight defeats at the start of the season.
In the Premiership, Portsmouth have only breached the City defence on three occasions; their first visit to Eastlands finished 1-1 in 2003, while losing 2-1 in 2005 and 3-1 in 2008.
City have played Portsmouth a total of 77 times in league competition with the majority of games being played in the old Football League First Division. The two teams first met on 1st September 1926 at Maine Road where the blues ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. But the first two games at Fratton Park ended in defeat for City.
City have won the majority of league meetings, 36 to Portsmouth’s 24 and at home the blues are particularly strong, only losing five at either Maine Road or Eastlands and winning 25 of those games. The blues have had a far superior strike rate, from 38 games, City have scored 86 times against Pompey, while Portsmouth have scored just over half that total (44).
City and Portsmouth have only met outside the league on three occasions; twice in the FA Cup where City have won both, including the final at Wembley in 1934, and one in the League Cup at Fratton Park in November 1960.
City’s League Record Against Portsmouth (Home)
|Division 1 (Old)||21||14||3||4||45||28|
|Division 2 (Old)||7||5||1||1||17||7|
|Division 1 (New)||4||2||2||0||10||6|
|Division 2 (New)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Portsmouth haven’t beaten City away since August 1963 when the blues lost 2-0. Since that defeat, City have won 10 of the following 15 games.
Portsmouth’s ground spelt backwards read ‘Krap Nottarf’
Their 6-0 thrashing at Eastlands last season is City’s biggest Premiership win (even Jo scored that day). It is also City’s biggest home win over Portsmouth, while Pompey’s biggest away win at City was 4-2 in April 1935.
Portsmouth are the Premiership’s crisis club at the moment and are somehow staving off going into administration.
Former City manager Stuart Pearce should have scored his 100th goal against Portsmouth but missed the penalty.
Stats courtesy of MCFC Stats
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