Finishing stats: Daniel Sturridge vs Torres and Eto’o – surprising results

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The Blues have been lacking a deadly striker while the England international shines on Anfield – what do the stats say?

Daniel Sturridge looks set to play against his former club today as Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield in a mammoth title clash, with the England international thought to have recovered from injury.

The Reds attacker has been in sparkling form for the Merseysiders this term, while his former club have struggled to find a goalscorer to consistently hit the back of the net.

Samuel Eto’o is injured for today’s clash, with Fernando Torres likely to play, but neither has inspired too much confidence in Jose Mourinho this season.

Ahead of the big game, lets have a look at the finishing stats for these three strikers – you expect Sturridge to be head and shoulders above the Chelsea pair, right?

  TeamPosGoalsOntarget Scoring Att / appsShot Off Target / appsBig Chance Missed / appsAtt Ibox Miss / appsAtt Ibox Target / apps
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 1.54 1.54 0.38 0.85 0.54
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 9 1.24 0.86 0.29 0.52 0.67
Fernando Torres Chelsea FW 4 0.64 0.68 0.20 0.48 0.40

The table above shows that although Sturrige has scored 20 goals compared to the collective 13 of the Chelsea duo, he has not been as lethal as expected.

Sturridge does have more shots on average that are on target than the Chelsea attackers (1.54 to 1.24 and 0.64), but he has not been as clinical as either Eto’o or Torres.

The Liverpool forward has significantly more shots off target than the other two, while he has also missed more big chances than the Chelsea attackers.

When it comes to shots in the box, Sturridge has recorded 0.85 shots wide or over the bar compared to Eto’o’s 0.52 and Torres’ 0.48.

Eto’o leads the way when it comes to shots on target from inside the box, followed by Sturridge, then Torres.

These figures are slightly surprising given the respective fortunes of the three players this term, but the numbers may well be botched slightly by the fact that Sturridge gets into more scoring positions.

  TeamPosTotal Scoring Att / appsAtt One On One / apps
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 3.46 0.31
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 2.81 0.05
Fernando Torres Chelsea FW 2.24 0.08

The table above shows that the England star has much more shots per game than his Chelsea equivalents and gets into more one-on-one situations with opposition goalkeepers.

So, Sturridge may not have been more clinical than Torres or Eto’o this season, but that stats suggest he has converted more goals than them due to an increased number of chances.

This is a testament to Liverpool’s attacking play and Sturridge’s movement off the ball.

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