Liverpool go into the game looking for three points which will keep them at least joint top of the Premier League with Arsenal due to play Norwich City later in the afternoon.
Three points for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle would allow them to close on the top six and secure only their second home win of the season so far.
The midfield is going to be one of the key areas in the game, with talented players on each side capable of pulling the strings and helping their side to a win.
Here’s how each side’s right sided midfielders shape up against each other at the moment.
Goals and Assists
Ben Arfa is head in terms of goals with two from his seven appearances so far this season compared to seven appearances and no goals for Henderson.
However, that’s not majorly surprising considering Henderson hasn’t always played an attacking role in Liverpool’s midfield, covering multiple positions across the middle of the team.
There is nothing between the players in terms of discipline, with each of them picking up one yellow card so far.
They both seem to have a good measure of their timing, able to keep a lid on their tamper, which stops them getting carried away and makes the likelihood of a suspension smaller.
Henderson has a slightly higher average passing success rate this season. The Liverpool man is completing 85.8% of passes compared to Ben Arfa’s 84%.
It’s a minimal difference but it suggests Henderson is slightly better in terms of using the ball and moving it on whether he’s inside his own defensive third or inside the opponent’s.
Henderson makes over double the number of key passes per game than Ben Arfa. He makes 1.3 key passes per match compared to 0.6 per game from the Frenchman.
What that suggests is that Henderson has slightly better vision when he’s looking to thread in another player or play a key pass which sets up a Liverpool counter attack.
Shots Per Game
Ben Arfa eclipses Henderson in terms of shots per game with 2.7 efforts on goal per match compared to 1.3 per game from the Liverpool man.
Again, this relates to the positions that each of them play with Henderson not always playing an attacking role on the right hand side of Liverpool’s midfield.
Ben Arfa draws more fouls per game with 1.1 compared to 0.7.
That’s significant because it allows Newcastle opportunities to deliver dead balls into dangerous areas, as well as winning free kicks for the likes of Yohan Cabaye to have shots on target.
Henderson is dispossessed significantly less per match this season. He’s dispossessed 0.6 times per game on average compared to Ben Arfa who is dispossessed twice per game on average.
That’s an important stat because Henderson statistically gives Liverpool a better chance of maintaining the pressure on the opposition.
Who do you think will win this battle tomorrow?