Spurs ace Bentaleb gets the better of Manchester City's Yaya Toure in five key areas

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How do Tottenham Hotspur’s Nabil Bentaleb and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure compare?

Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester City at White Hart Lane this weekend in a match that will see talented midfielders Nabil Bentaleb and Yaya Toure face off.

The latter has been one of the most renowned playmakers in the world over the past few years, helping the Citizens to two Premier League titles and one FA Cup success.

This season, however, a number of observers have commented on his dip in form and his sluggish displays could lead to an interesting summer regarding a potential transfer away from the Etihad.

The Ivorian needs to show his worth over the next few matches, starting with Tottenham on Sunday and the likelihood of facing fellow African international star Nabil Bentaleb.

  GoalsAssistsTackles per GameBall Recoveries per GameDefensive Duel Winners per GameAerial Winners per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Yaya Touré 8 1 0.81 6.04 4.65 1.35 77.85 26
Nabil Bentaleb 0 2 1.68 6.5 4.95 1.41 52.32 22

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the French-born Algerian ace has been in wonderful form this season and dominates Toure in as many as five key midfield categories.

The Spurs favourite may not have scored this season, unlike Toure, but he outclasses the former Barcelona superstar in a number of defensive areas such as tackling, ball recoveries and aerial winners.

Moreover, despite playing further back and with less freedom to move forward, Bentaleb has more assists to his name in spite of playing four games less than his upcoming opponent.

The 20-year-old has been a real success at White Hart Lane this season, and alongside fellow youngster Ryan Mason they make up one of the most exciting partnerships in the English top-flight.

Toure, in contrast, is suffering and his influence in the City ranks is dwindling, prompting what should be an interesting key battle when the two teams meet on Sunday.

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