Aston Villa will take on West Ham United at Villa Park in the Premier League this afternoon.
The Villans will head into the clash placed 14th in the league table with 35 points from as many matches, just two points above third from bottom Sunderland, who have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, West Ham find themselves ninth in the league table at the moment with 47 points from 35 games and look set for a top-10 finish.
Today’s match between the two sides promises to be an interesting one, and it could be decided by two key players.
Mark Noble will start the match for West Ham in central midfield and will be looking to keep his side ticking.
Meanwhile, Manchester United-owned Tom Cleverley will start the contest on the right of a midfield-three for Villa.
The two players have been important for their respective teams, but who has been better over the course of the season?
|Team||Goals/Game||Chances created/Game||Total Shots/Game||Total Tackles/Game||Tackles Won/Game||Total Pass/Game||Accurate Pass/Game||Ball Recovery/Game||Appearances|
|Mark Noble||West Ham||0.08||1.54||0.73||2.38||1.77||49.31||42.12||7.12||26|
|Tom Cleverley||Aston Villa / Man Utd||0.07||0.93||0.72||2.52||2||46.34||40.28||4.83||29|
From the above Opta Stats table, it seems that Noble has been more creative than Cleverley, but it is the Villa midfielder who has made and won more tackles per game.
However, Noble has been more involved in game (more passes and accurate passes) and has also made far more ball recoveries than Cleverley.