Sunday, August 16, 2009
Manchester United vs Birmingham City prewiew
Manchester United host Birmingham on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Birmingham City are yet to score a goal in five Premier League trips to Old Trafford, losing all five matches.
Overall, City have failed to score in eight of their 10 Premier League matches against the champions, gaining just two points.
The last two top-flight games between these sides have ended 1-0 to United.
This will be Birmingham's sixth season in the Premier League and the fifth time they have started the campaign away from home.
Manchester United have won only two of their last five opening weekend Premier League games.
In the 2007-08 Premier League season, Birmingham lost their last five away games in succession, conceding 15 goals in the process.
United have kept only three clean sheets in their last seven league games at Old Trafford.
United picked up 50 points at home last season, more than any other team.
Michael Owen has scored three goals in his last five Premier League games against Birmingham.
Dimitar Berbatov led the Premier League in open play assists last season, with nine.
United's win record with Wayne Rooney (pictured) and Cristiano Ronaldo was 71 per cent. It rises to 74 per cent in games with Rooney but without Ronaldo.
Birmingham are two short of 200 Premier League goals.