Manchester City on course for low-scoring record

Manchester City's Emile Mpenza (R) reacts after a missed opportunity as Liverpool's Daniel Agger looks on during their Premier League match in Manchester, April 14, 2007. NO ONLINE/INTERNET USE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD.FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE +44 (0) 207 864 9000. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City are on course to score the fewest goals at home in the English top flight since league soccer began in 1888 after a goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

Stuart Pearce’s side have scored only 10 goals in 17 league matches at the City of Manchester Stadium and have only two home matches to play against Aston Villa on April 28 and Manchester United on May 5.

Those 17 games have produced five wins, six draws and six defeats, with City 12th in the standings.

The current worst home scoring record is shared by Woolwich Arsenal, who scored 11 home league goals in 19 matches in 1912-13 and Sunderland, who also scored 11 in 19 in 2002-03 - both were relegated.

City last scored a home league goal in a 2-1 win over Everton on New Year’s Day when Giorgios Samaras converted a 72nd minute penalty. Since then they have failed to score at home in six successive league matches.