Wolves' Batth vs Watford's Angella: Who is the better defender?

Watford Vicarage Road 2

Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Watford this weekend.

With Wolverhampton Wanderers due to face Watford this weekend, the game will see two of the Championship's finest defenders in direct competition with each other. 

Wolves' Danny Batth and Watford's Gabriele Angella are both reputed as two of the most capable players in England's second tier and they will play prominent roles in their respective sides' promotion chases this season.

Both Wolves and Watford still harbour ambitions of making it to the Premier League, but their form will need to be excellent between now and the end of the season if they are to get there. 

It means that their match this Saturday will be vital and the displays of Batth and Angella will be crucial to their chances of victory. 

  Headers per gameTackles per gameInterceptions per gameDefensive duels won per gameClearances per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Danny Batth 4.05 1.11 1.68 5.91 8.74 39.02 72.472% 35 3150
Gabriele Angella 2.58 1.25 2.16 4.66 4.75 43.45 76.7% 24 1951

Batth is the more comfortable in most defensive areas, but Angella's greater ability whilst in possession also means he is an impressive performer.

Batth wins more headers, defensive duels and clearances than his Italian counterpart, but the Watford man is better with the ball on the floor.

Angella makes more interceptions, whilst he is also more frequent and accurate with his distribution to his teammates.

The match between Wolves and Watford looks to be decided on fine margins and whichever team's defensive leader performs better may, ultimately, decide whether the points stay at Molineux or head back to Vicarage Road. 

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