Stats can’t separate Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Man City’s David Silva

Stats show Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and Man City star have excelled in different areas

Russ Cane from Oulala
By Russ Cane from Oulala

The big match in the Premier League this weekend sees title chasing Manchester City travel to Anfield to play top four challengers Liverpool in a mouth watering clash.

As Chelsea are not in league action this weekend due to the League Cup final on Sunday, City have the opportunity to reduce the west Londoner side’s lead down to just two points.

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The Citizens go to Liverpool in good form after scoring nine goals in their last two league matches against Newcastle United and Stoke City.

Liverpool, meawhile, are high on confidence, too, following a 10-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, which has comprised of seven wins, three draws and an impressive six clean sheets.

With both teams desperate for a result and both on good runs, it is expected to be a tight affair with a piece of individual magic likely required to earn all three points.

Opta-powered fantasy football game identified Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and City playmaker David Silva as the key men for both sides that could potentially decide the result.

Raheem Sterling v David SilvaPhoto:

With Sterling racking up 24 appearances to Silva’s 20 this season and over 400 more minutes of Premier League action, the analysis was made on a per 90-minute basis.

Creatively, it is the Liverpool man that leads the way. With a higher percentage of his head-to-head duels won (54.1 per cent to 44.4 per cent) and in turn suffering more fouls (2.62 per 90 minutes to 1.78) it’s clear which player excels with the ball at his feet.

Sterling also leads for assists (0.22 to 0.17), however Silva has in-fact crafted more chances for his teammates than his opponent (2.67 to 2.36).

When it comes to attempts on goal David Silva takes over. The City midfielder has a better shot accuracy (61 per cent to 57 per cent) and has more goals per 90 minutes (0.50 to 0.26). He has also enjoyed a better pass completion this season (86% to 81%).

With both players outperforming each other in different areas and with such high performance levels throughout, one thing is clear, a key-pass or a goal, these guys will feature for sure!

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game


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