Kompany v Coloccini: Clear winner in the head-to-head from this season

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini has the edge over Vincent Kompany based on the pair's stats this season.

Newcastle United have a massive challenge this weekend as they head to Manchester City looking to take something away from the game against the champions.

Newcastle’s defence has been strained due to injuries, which makes both of their centre backs vital for the match.

A key battle between opposite numbers will be Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany taking on Fabricio Coloccini, one of the more experienced players in the Newcastle line-up.

Here’s how they compare against each other in key areas based on games this season.

  PositionTeamOutfielder BlockWon TackleOffside ProvokedEffective ClearanceAerial WonInterception WonAppearancesMins Played
Fabricio Coloccini DF Newcastle 12 24 22 119 36 39 22 1,968
Vincent Kompany DF Man City 11 20 12 69 23 34 17 1,516

The Newcastle man is ahead in all key areas, but he has made five more appearances that the Belgian this season.

Coloccini is important for Newcastle in terms of reading the game, intercepting and tackling well but also doing the basics properly and clearing the ball into the stands when he has to.

Kompany does get close in terms of outfield blocks and tackles won, which suggests he’s slightly better in terms of his positional play and showing aggression against strikers because his ratio to games in these areas is better.

Whichever defender can produce the better stats in the match this weekend has a great chance of coming out on the winning team with City chasing Chelsea at the top of the table and Newcastle after a top eight place.

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