Since the former Spurs boss took over at Villa Park, Villa have recorded a number of impressive victories, including a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final success over Liverpool at Wembley.
Midfielder Fabian Delph has been excellent over the past eight weeks, and he was deservedly named in Roy Hodgson’s England first-team line-up at the end of March.
However, on Saturday he comes up against an opponent who has yet to be given his maiden England cap, although based on this season’s performances it’s difficult to understand his exclusion.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, West Ham favourite Mark Noble has had an outstanding campaign at Upton Park and has outshone Delph in as many as five key areas.
The Hammers’ ace is very much a box-to-box midfielder and capable of producing the goods at both ends of the pitch, as illustrated by his defensive and attacking numbers.
Noble has averaged more tackles, interceptions, ball recoveries and chances created per Premier League encounter than his upcoming England international opponent.
Moreover, the 28-year-old has found the net on more occasions and is more protective of the ball, being dispossessed less than Delph, although the former Leeds United man produces more accurate passes.