Today’s Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will have a number of subplots, and one of them will be the ‘duel’ between Eriksen and Silva.
True, Spurs’ Eriksen and City’s Silva are not going to occupy the same position on the pitch, but they will be key players for their respective teams.
The Denmark international is expected to play centrally in a three-man attacking midfield behind lone striker Harry Kane for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Spain international attacking midfielder Silva will start the game on the left wing and will be looking to drift inside.
Both Eriksen and Silva are extremely creative players, but who has been better so far this season?
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As the above Opta Stats table shows, Silva has been the better player over the course of the campaign.
The former Valencia star has struggled with injuries this season, but when fit he has been superb for City.
Silva has provided more assists and created more chances per game on average than Eriksen, and he has also played more passes per match on average.
Interestingly, the Spaniard has made more ball recoveries than Eriksen per game on average, although the latter has attempted more shots.