This weekend sees the second Manchester derby of the season and what will prove to be a key fixture in the race for the Champions League.
Two key players will be Spanish duo Juan Mata and David Silva. The former is on a fine run of form of late, having scored both goals in the recent win over Liverpool, the second a wonderful bicycle kick, and also playing a big part in the win over Aston Villa.
In contrast, Silva and his City side are struggling of late and the Spaniard is one of those in the team that is currently struggling to find form. We’ve decided to compare the two ahead of this weekend’s game to see who comes out on top.
In the key assists column, Mata has more than his counterpart with four compared to three, although Silva has attempted more assists, with a tally of 75 compared to 33.
The Manchester City star also has more goals, having scored 11 compared to Mata’s tally of seven. Elsewhere he has a better dribbling success rate, with 39 of his 49 total dribbles having come off, a success rate of 79%. In contrast, Mata has won 15 of his total 27 dribbles, a success rate of 55%.
Mata does however come out on top when it comes to passing, having completed 1014 of his 1127 passes, a success rate of 89%. Silva has completed 1482 of his 1732 passes, a success rate of 85%.
So, a pretty equal battle on this front. Crucially, Mata leads in the assists and passing columns, although Silva’s impressive goal tally for this season keeps him in contention. Who will come out on top come Sunday, remains to be seen.