Stoke City travel to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in an intriguing clash which will put playmakers Christian Eriksen and Charlie Adam on opposite sides.
The latter has been a permanent fixture in the Premier League over the past few years, playing previously for Blackpool and Liverpool before making the move to Stoke.
He struggled to adapt on his big move to Merseyside, yet since joining Stoke the Scotland international has rediscovered his top form and has become a valuable member at the Britannia Stadium.
Similarly, Eriksen is deemed one of the most important players at White Hart Lane as the former Ajax man continues to grow under Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.
On Saturday, the result could ultimately hinge on which player performs at the top of their game and as such we take a look to see who has had the better 2015 so far.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the two players both excel in different midfield categories but on the balance of it, Stoke’s Charlie Adam comes out slightly on top.
The 29-year-old betters his upcoming opponent with a higher average number of shots, tackles, defensive duel winners and ball recoveries per Premier League fixture since the turn of the New Year.
Moreover, Adam has netted five league goals to Eriksen’s three, despite playing five games less. One of his strikes includes the memorable halfway-line lob over Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs’ Denmark international, however, is arguably more creative as he averages more key passes, successful take-ons and accurate passes per league fixture.
It promises to be an interesting battle between to two in North London on Saturday, with plenty of home eyes likely to be fixed on Eriksen in the hope he conjure up a match-winning performance.