Phil Jagielka v Jose Fonte: Which centre-back has been better this season?


Everton and Southampton will take on each other at Goodison Park in the Premier League later today.

Everton and Southampton will face each other at Goodison Park in the Premier League later today.

Two of the players who could prove decisive are central defenders Phil Jagielka and Jose Fonte.

While England international centre-back Jagielka is set to line up for hosts Everton, Fonte will be leading from the back for visting Southampton.

Both are highly-rated centre-backs, but who has been better in the Premier League so far this season?

  Goals ConcededError Lead To GoalError Lead To ShotOutfield Blocks/GameTackles Won/GameEffective Clearances/GameDuels Won/GameInterceptions/GameAppearancesMins Played
Phil Jagielka 39 1 3 1.03 1.21 10.24 5.07 1.59 29 2,565
Jose Fonte 20 1 0 0.59 1.52 5.21 4.07 2.97 29 2,610

As per Opta Stats, it seems that Jagielka and Fonte are pretty even.

The Portugal international has not made a single error which has lead to a shot, while Jagielka has been responsible for giving the opposition as many as three chances.

While Jagielka has made more outfield blocks, Fonte has won more tackles and has made more interceptions.

However, when it comes to making effective clearances and winning duels, it is the 32-year-old Everton centre-back who comes out on top.

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