Leicester City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in an intriguing encounter which will see wingers Riyad Mahrez and Nacer Chadli go head to head.
Leicester winger Mahrez has begun the campaign in superb fashion, notching three goals and helping Claudio Ranieri’s men to successive wins over Sunderland and West Ham United.
The Algeria international has really picked up where he left off at the back-end of last season as the Foxes miraculously survived despite heading in to spring in last place and some eight points off safety.
Chadli, on the other hand, has been a mainstay in Tottenham’s team over the past 15 months but his side’s form has been somewhat iffy ever since that Carling Cup final defeat to Chelsea in March.
Heading in to this weekend’s encounter at the King Power stadium, we take a look at how the two men fare against each other since the start of 2015.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the results coincide with the two players’ respective teams’ form since the turn of the New Year, with Mahrez bettering his upcoming opponent in five key areas.
While the duo are locked on an average of 0.29 goals per match, Mahrez in contrast averages more shots, key passes and successful take-ons per Premier League encounter.
Moreover, the Leicester favourite is a hardworking player who doesn’t shy away from his defensive duties, illustrated by his impressive average of 6.06 defensive duel winners and 4.47 ball recoveries per match.
The only area in which Chadli comes out on top is his higher average number of passes per match, though this could be directly related to Spurs’ style of play and their bid to dominate possession.
It’s all set for an interesting match-up on Saturday, but judging by the results, Tottenham’s fullbacks must be on alert at all times as they come up against a winger who is currently at the top of his game.