Opposition Focus: Canterbury United

Words: ACFC Media

Thursday 18 January 2018

Picture: Phototek

GET the lowdown on Sunday's opposition as we continue Auckland City FC's race for an ISPS Handa Premiership minor title.

OPPOSITION INFO:
FOUNDED: 2002
NICKNAME: The Dragons
COACH: Willie Gerdsen

MATCH INFO:
DATE: Sunday 21 January 2018
KICK OFF: 2pm
VENUE: Christchurch, New Zealand
COMPETITION: ISPS Handa Premiership

MATCH STATS:
STIRLING SPORTS PREMIERSHIP 2016/17 SEASON
FINAL POSITION: 6th
PL: 18
W: 6
D: 6
L: 6
GF: 32
GA: 28
PTS: 24
GD: +4

MATCH STATS:
ISPS HANDA PREMIERSHIP 2017/18 SEASON
POSITION: 4th
PL: 9
W: 5
D: 1
L: 3
GF: 19
GA: 9
PTS: 16
GD: +10

RECENT HOME FORM:
DRAW - LOSS - WIN - WIN - WIN

RECENT AWAY FORM:
LOSS - LOSS - WIN - WIN

TOP SCORERS:
Stephen Hoyle - 9 matches, 7 goals
Futa Nakamura - 10 matches, 4 goals 

GOALS STATS:
0% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 0-15 minutes
15% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 15-30 minutes
30% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 30-45 minutes
5% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 45-60 minutes
15% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 60-75 minutes
35% of Canterbury's goals arrive between 75-90 minutes

GOALS CONCEDED:
Average goals conceded by Canterbury United at home = 0.80
Average goals conceded by Canterbury United away = 1.20 

AVERAGE TIME FIRST GOAL SCORED AT HOME:
37 minutes

AVERAGE TIME FIRST GOAL CONCEDED AT HOME:
59 minutes

MATCHES VERSUS AUCKLAND CITY FC - 2015-2017
5 November 2017 - Auckland City FC 3-1 Canterbury United
1 October 2017 - Auckland City FC 1-3 Canterbury United - pre-season friendly
31 January 2015 - Canterbury United 0-1 Auckland City FC
22 February 2015 - Auckland City FC 3-1 Canterbury United
29 November 2015 - Auckland City FC 4-1 Canterbury United
24 February 2016 - Canterbury United 1-3 Auckland City FC
6 March 2016 - Auckland City FC 2-1 Canterbury United - semi-finals
6 November 2016 - Auckland City FC 0-0 Canterbury United
22 January 2017 - Canterbury United 2-2 Auckland City FC

NAVY BLUES TEAM NEWS

Emiliano Tade could make a comeback from injury while there is a new face among the choices before Ramon Tribulietx with Sam Burfoot rejoining the squad for the second half of the season. Ryan De Vries' move to FC Gifu in the J.League was confirmed on Thursday. 

FAST FACTS

Auckland City FC are on a red-hot run of form against Canterbury United with eight wins and five draws in their last 13 ISPS Handa Premiership clashes with the Dragons dating back to 2010-11 when the red and blacks won 1-0 at Kiwitea Street.

This match is Auckland City FC's 18th away game at Canterbury United since 2004-05. The Navy Blues impressive record reads 10 wins, five draws and two defeats.

Canterbury United's last win over Auckland City FC came on March 10, 2011, when a Ken Yamamoto goal two minutes from time handed the Dragons a rare win at Kiwitea Street. That win saw Canterbury leapfrog Hawke's Bay United into fourth place on the last day of the regular season and claim a place in the playoff semi-finals with Waitakere United.

Canterbury United first ever home win over Auckland City FC came on February 19, 2005, when two goals by Stu Kelly cancelled out a Paul Urlovic strike in a game the Dragons won 2-1.

The Dragons next home win was December 21, 2008, when goals by Tom Lancaster and Gareth Turnbull gave Canterbury a repeat scoreline win over Auckland City FC. Keryn Jordan was the Navy Blues goalscorer.

Auckland City FC's biggest wins over Canterbury United were both by 5-0 margins. The first came on November 13, 2004, when a Grant Young hat-trick and goals from Neil Sykes and Paul Urlovic completed a rout at Kiwitea Street.

Young repeated the feat with another hat-trick on March 1, 2009, bookended by goals from Jonathan Raj and Milos Nikolic.
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