West Bromwich Albion’s Darren Fletcher v Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard: Who will come out on top?

Steven Gerrard

West Bromwich Albion will host Liverpool at The Hawthorns in the Premier League this afternoon.

Steven Gerrard is set to make his 500th Premier League appearance for Liverpool this afternoon.

The former England international midfielder has been included in the Reds’ starting line-up for today’s Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion away from home.

The 34-year-old is set to be deployed in central midfield in a conservative role, and he will be hoping to make an impact on the game.

However, Gerrard will not find it easy to do so, as for hosts West Brom, there will be a certain Darren Fletcher - formerly at Manchester United - in the holding midfield role.

The Gerrard against Fletcher duel will be key in deciding the outcome of today’s match, but who is likely to come out on top?

  TeamChances created/GameTotal Shots/GameError Lead To Shot/GameTotal Tackles/GameTackles Won/GameTotal Clearances/GameInterceptions/GameTouches/GameAppearancesMins Played
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 1.75 1.58 0.04 1.75 1.33 2 0.67 64.04 24 1,798
Darren Fletcher West Brom / Man Utd 0.43 0.33 0.1 1.1 0.71 0.9 1.14 40.48 21 1,264

As the above Opta Stats table shows, Gerrard has been more creative and more adventurous over the course of the season, creating more chances and taking total shots per game.

The Englishman has also made more tackles and has won more tackles per game, and has actually taken more touches on average per match.

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