Ahead of today's Premier League clash between West Brom and QPR, it'd be fair to say defender Steven Caulker has struggled of late, while striker Brown Ideye has managed to find his feet at the Hawthorns.
The stats paint a different picture, however...
|Team||Won Tackle GAME||Interception Won GAME||Aerial Won GAME||Total Clearance GAME||Mins Played|
|Sébastien Pocognoli||West Brom||1.67||1.53||2.07||4.07||1,214|
|Joleon Lescott||West Brom||1.46||2.23||2.35||6.08||2,340|
|Craig Dawson||West Brom||1.36||1.82||3.77||6.64||1,980|
|Chris Baird||West Brom||1.08||1.08||1.08||2.77||680|
Indeed, as Opta data shows, Caulker has been a poor tackler this season, beaten by a number of West Brom defenders - but his interceptions per game have been solid.
Clearance-wise, the QPR centre-back is also leagues above the West Brom defenders (although he will have had far more to deal with). But it is in the air that Caulker also impresses - which will be key against the Nigerian.
|Team||Headers Won (per game)||Duels Won (per game)||Chances Created||Shooting Accuracy||Mins Played|
|Brown Ideye||West Brom||1.16||2.74||8||48%||1,110|
West Brom's Ideye, however, compares poorly in the air with the R's strikers (surprisingly for a target man) and doesn't create all that many chances. His shooting accuracy is high but the numbers suggest Caulker can limit him considerably if he beats him in the air.
Yet stats are one thing, of course, and turning up on the day quite another.
Will the struggling QPR man really be able to handle Ideye if he plays? And, even if so, West Brom will certainly have other outlets to choose from.
Tony Pulis probably won't be shaking in his trainers. If QPR are to finally deliver, though, the time is now.