Benteke vs Kane: One outperforms other in five areas over past month

How do Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane compare?

Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa on Saturday in a match which pits the most in-form Premier League strikers in Christian Benteke and Harry Kane against each other.

Since taking over at Villa Park, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has managed to record two wins and one draw from seven matches, a vast improvement on former boss Paul Lambert.

Yet, much of his relative early success is down to the lethal goal scoring form of Belgian international Christian Benteke, a player who netted 19 league goals during his debut campaign at Villa Park.

The ability has always been there, but Sherwood has managed to bring back the confidence, just like he did with Emmanuel Adebayor during his short stint at White Hart Lane last season.

The Villa striker is bang in from, but how does he compare with recent England international Harry Kane over the past month or so?

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerial Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Christian Benteke 7 1 2.2 2 8.2 1.6 51.8 26.8 5
Harry Kane 5 0 3.4 0.8 2.4 3 49.8 18 5

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both strikers have been in fabulous form but it is the Villa man who comes out on top in five of the seven key attacking categories.

Aside from scoring more goals and providing more assists over the past five Premier league matches, Benteke has averaged more key passes and aerial duel winners per encounter.

Moreover, the former Genk man has illustrated his ability to link-up play outside the box, averaging more touches and completed passes than his upcoming rival.

Kane does come out on top in the average number of shots and ball recoveries per match, but the fact he has recently been outshone by Benteke only highlights how good the latter has performed of late.

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