Tottenham host Cardiff today at White Hart Lane, with both clubs in dire need of three points for contrasting reasons.
If the Welsh club are to shut out the hosts, former Spurs defender Steven Caulker will need to have a big game.
Caulker was included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad this week, while Tottenham captain Michael Dawson is continually overlooked at international level.
With plenty of Spurs supporters questioning the merits of selling Caulker in the summer, and Dawson’s brave but at times limited displays, it is worth comparing the defensive attributes of the pair this season.
|Name||Team||Pos||Error Lead To Goal / apps||Error Lead To Shot / apps||Outfielder Block / apps||Won Tackle / apps||Interception / apps||Aerial Won / apps||Apps|
As per the table above, Dawson is guilty of making more mistakes that lead to opposition goals and opposition shots. Caulker is yet to personally make a mistake that leads to Cardiff conceding this term.
Caulker is also superior to Dawson in blocks, making an average of 1.41 to the Spurs skipper’s 0.73 per match, while the Cardiff defender also wins slightly more aerial duels.
Dawson redeems himself in the tackling statistics, making more on average per game than his former team-mate. The Spurs man also makes considerably more interceptions over the course of 90 minutes than Caulker has this season.
The proof will be in today’s fixture, with both central defenders sure to play a significant role in the eventual outcome of an important fixture.
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