Newcastle United take on West Ham in a simply huge game this weekend which could have a massive impact on the future of the North East club.
Sam Allardyce will head to St James’s Park looking to make a point against his old team and there are going to be several key head-to-heads all over the pitch.
Whoever edges the battle will most likely be on the winning team and it’s important for all defenders on both sides to dig in.
|Position||Team||Won Tackles Per Game||Blocked Crosses Per Game||Accurate Crosses Per Game||Interceptions Won Per Game||Passing Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Carl Jenkinson||DF||West Ham||0.81||0.48||0.74||1.1||78%||31||2,577|
The immediate difference which is noticeable between the two in terms of selected key stats, is that the Newcastle man is better in terms of tackling and interception averages.
He has played a higher number of minutes than the West Ham defender, but he’s showing a clear ability to get stuck in and take some risks which is important.
Jenkinson seems to be more effective in the other direction with more accurate crosses per game and a higher passing accuracy, which helps his team to retain the ball effectively.
Janmaat appears to have the edge in terms of basic defensive work, but Newcastle will be hoping that he doesn’t have to prove that this weekend.