Song v Bridcutt: Three areas one is better than the other

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song and Sunderland star Liam Bridcutt will be vital for their teams this weekend.

West Ham United against Sunderland this weekend looks set to be one of the most interesting games on the Premier League fixture list.

It’s difficult to call with both sides needing a win after difficult patches of form, with the visitors to Upton Park likely to be inspired by the fresh arrival of Dick Advocaat at their club.

One of the key player battles which is likely to take place during the game will fall with the key holding players in each midfield; Alex Song for West Ham and Liam Bridcutt for Sunderland.

Here’s what the stats say about who has the edge across several key areas based on the performances of each from this season.

In terms of basic aggression, Song is ahead in terms of tackles and the number of duels he’s won this season.

If it turns into an ugly game then the stats suggest that he should thrive and should be able to help West Ham setup waves of attacking play as soon as he wins possession back.

Where Bridcutt is better despite having played significantly less is in the way he reads the game and the way he protects possession.

One of the key changes that Advocaat is likely to demand from Sunderland is that they look after the ball.

When they’re under pressure, Bridcutt excels dropping off into a deep defensive position and then stepping out to intercept before setting up counter attacks.

Whoever dominates across all five areas this weekend should stand a better chance of guiding their side to a much needed victory.

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