Benteke vs Ings: Which Liverpool-linked striker has performed better this season?

Aston Villa take on Burnley this weekend in a match which could interest the Liverpool scouts.

Aston Villa host Burnley in the season finale this weekend in a match which will see strikers Christian Benteke and Danny Ings go head-to-head.

The duo have a combined 23 Premier League goals this season, a factor which has seen both players receive plenty of plaudits and attract the interest of Merseyside giants Liverpool.

Belgian international Benteke has been in wonderful goal-scoring form since Tim Sherwood’s arrival at Villa Park, assuring the Villans' Premier League survival ahead of the final weekend of the season.

According to a report in The Mirror, his form has attracted Liverpool, although his reported £30 million price tag has prompted the Anfield outfit to explore the possibility of signing Ings for a minimal tribunal fee.

The Burnley star’s contract is set to expire this season and Sunday’s clash at Villa Park will surely be his last donning the Clarets’ shirt, but which player represents the best option for the Reds?

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameHeaders Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Christian Benteke 13 2 2.75 1.14 6.57 1.54 28
Danny Ings 10 4 2.76 1 0.88 3.85 34

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players have their fortes and judging by Mario Balotelli’s input this season – both would certainly be an improvement on the controversial Italian.

Benteke edges Ings with 13 goals to 10, while the former Genk man also comes out on top in the average number of chances created and headers won per Premier League match.

Ings, on the other hand, has more assists to his name than his upcoming opponent while also averaging more shots and ball recoveries per league encounter.

It’s a real contrast in styles, and one can’t help but feel that pairing them together could form one of the Premier League’s most frightening strike partnerships.

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