Ben Osborn v Grant Leadbitter: Which midfielder has played better this season?

Nottingham Forest will face Middlesbrough at the City Ground in the Championship in a few hours’ time.

Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough will face each other at the City Ground in the Championship this afternoon.

Hosts Forest will head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic away from home, while Boro returned to winning ways with a 3-0 hammering of Millwall at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday.

Today’s match promises to be hugely entertaining and fiercely competitive, and two players will especially have to be on the top of their game.

Grant Leadbitter and Ben Osborn both are likely to start at the City Ground, the former for Middlesbrough and the latter for Forest.

Both players could be decisive, but who will come out on top today?

  Chances created/GameGoal AssistGoalsTotal Tackles/GameTotal Pass/GameAerial Won/GameTouches/GameTotal Dribbles/GameAppearancesMins Played
Grant Leadbitter 2.47 8 11 1.88 52.32 0.94 68.56 0.41 34 2,827
Ben Osborn 1.89 3 3 1.67 33.81 0.41 50.59 1.89 27 1,963

As the above Opta Stats table shows, Leadbitter has played seven more Championship matches than Osborn this season.

The former Sunderland star has already created more chances per game, has more assists and more goals.

Leadbitter has also played more passes than the Forest youngster, has won tackles and headers, and has been more involved in games.

One area where Osborn is better than Leadbitter is the number of dribbles he has attempted, perhaps a demonstration of the confidence he has in himself.

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