The team at www.oulala.com have taken a detailed look at the stats behind 11 players from Liverpool and 11 players from Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final, to form a stats-based combined XI.
Joe Hart is out-performing Simon Mignolet for every key goalkeeper statistic analysed, while all the outfield players were assessed for an assortment of actions.
Sergio Agüero came out on top over Daniel Sturridge, David Silva over James Milner, Coutinho over Raheem Sterling, Firmino over Yaya Touré, Fernando over Jordan Henderson, Emre Can over Fernandinho, Clichy over Moreno, Sagna over Clyne and Nicolás Otamendi over Dejan Lovren. However, the match-up we want to concentrate on concerns the much maligned Mamadou Sakho and Vincent Kompany.
Manchester City’s defence has looked very fragile at times this season, especially when their Belgian captain has been absent from the starting line-up, so it was something of a surprise to see Liverpool’s centre-back getting the better of him in 5 of 6 key areas.
Tackles Won (per game) – 0.9 to 0.6
Clearances (per game) – 6.3 to 5.6
Interceptions (per game) – 1.6 to 1.5
Blocks (per game) – 0.8 to 0.4
Aerial Duels Won (per game) – 3.5 to 2.3
Aerial Success Rate – 62% to 85%
It promises to be a fascinating Capital One Cup Final. Will Vincent Kompany live up to his self-proclaimed Presidential status and lead the Citizens to cup glory or will Mamadou Sakho prove the doubters wrong yet again and keep City’s star-studded forward line quiet?