Saturday was a good day for both Everton and West Ham United.
Both sides won their Premier League clashes, both sides scored three goals - and both sides witnessed fantastic displays from their left-backs.
|Team||Chances Created||Successful Final-Third Passes||Touches||Accurate Crosses||Mins|
|Aaron Cresswell||West Ham||5||9||73||2||90|
And, as Opta stats show, there are a lot of similarities between the pair.
On Saturday, which acted as a microcosm for both defender's seasons as a whole, Baines and Cresswell created a number of chances, made a huge number of final-third passes and landed two accurate crosses each.
Going forward, the more-experienced Baines edged the Hammers full-back out, creating one more chance, taking 18 more touches of the ball and making seven more final-third passes than the 24-year-old.
|Team||Tackles Won||Fouls||Aerial Duels Won||Effective Clearances||Mins|
|Aaron Cresswell||West Ham||2||0||5||11||90|
Defensively, however, Cresswell outshone the Toffees man. The West Ham defender had more to deal with against Burnley than a blunt Villa side but nevertheless won more tackles, committed less fouls and was much better in the air and with regards to clearances.
In terms of major areas, then, it's 1-1 between the two full-backs - but it is interesting to compare the two at this early stage in the season. The duo could potentially go head to head in a month's time when West Ham travel to Everton. And what a match-up that could be.