Three areas where Burnley’s Danny Ings outperforms Chelsea ace Diego Costa

Diego Costa Chelsea

Chelsea and Burnley’s top scorers face off this weekend.

Burnley travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea this weekend aiming to win only their second away game of the season.

The Clarets’ task couldn’t be more difficult as the Blues boast the best home record in England’s top flight, winning 11 of their 12 encounters with a draw at home to Manchester City their only dropped points.

In striker Diego Costa, they have a player who knows where the back of the net is and the majority of his 17 Premier League goals have come at Stamford Bridge.

Yet the visitors have a solid goal scorer too in Danny Ings, and reported suitors Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – as per the Mirror – will be interested to know that he outperforms Costa in three key areas.

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerials Won per GameWas Fouled per GameDispossessed per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Diego Costa 0.89 3.21 1.68 1.16 1.05 2.95 2.05 19 1,602
Danny Ings 0.41 2.91 1.23 0.68 1.45 2.36 4.14 22 1,872

According to the table provided by Opta Stats, the England striker may not be as clinical in front of goal as the Brazilian-born hit man but he does exceed him in other areas.

The Blues’ summer signing from Atletico Madrid averages more goals, shots, key passes and aerial duels won per match than Ings, but that is largely expected from a man who cost £32 million.

Where Ings triumphs is in his doggedness and work outside the box, illustrated by his impressive 4.14 ball recoveries per match and his ability to draw fouls from the defenders.

Being a good goal-scorer is vital to earn a regular spot at a top club, but what might attract Spurs and the Reds to the Burnley man is his ability to use the ball efficiently.

Arguably his biggest accomplishment in comparison to Costa is the fact he is dispossessed on average less than the Premier League’s top scorer – and has managed that in a struggling side.

Jose Mourinho’s men are sure-fire favourites to record a comfortable victory on Saturday, but that won’t stop the Portuguese boss paying special attention to the visitor’s biggest threat.

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