Manchester City head to Aston Villa this weekend with both of these sides going into the game after disappointing results.
Villa will be hoping their home support can lift them after a disappointing trip to Chelsea last weekend while City have been left frustrated by their inability to win in the Champions League.
The immediate stat which jumps out from Premier League games so far is the obvious one in terms of goals scored.
Both sides have the same defensive record but City have scored more goals, which has allowed them to take points in important games. It suggests that if they can keep a clean sheet, they have a good chance of stealing the points.
City are way out ahead in terms of the number of tackles they’re making, the number of crosses they’re putting in and the number of accurate passes they have made so far this season.
They’re a side that depend on dominating possession to make the most of their attack and high tackles isn’t a surprise because they try to win the ball back aggressively when they lose possession.
City’s width may be a bit of a surprise to some fans but it also suggests why Villa can’t leave too much space for City to utilise on the counter attack.
If Villa can defend well as they have done already this season, they stand a decent chance of at least getting a point and thwarting the current champions.