This weekend sees Tony Pulis return to his former employers when he takes his West Bromwich Albion side to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City.
So far, Pulis will be a little disappointed at what his troops have offered so far this season, even when taking into account the quality of the opposition they have faced, while the Potters are also looking for their first win of the campaign despite displaying some encouraging signs under Mark Hughes.
Whenever a Pulis side is in action, you can bet the midfield battle will be fiercely contested, as he will make his side very hard to break down. Claudio Yacob has been a pretty reliable player for the Baggies to call upon, while Marco van Ginkel, on loan from Chelsea this season, will be one of of the key men for Potters in the middle of the park.
|Team||Total Scoring Att||Passing Accuracy||Tackles Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Marco Van Ginkel||Stoke||5||83%||86%||3||228|
|Claudio Yacob||West Brom||0||80%||69%||3||225|
Judging by the statistics alone, it would seem that Van Ginkel is the more forward thinking of the duo, and given how defensive Yacob would appear, the chances are the duo may be encountering each other quite a lot throughout the 90 minutes.
Van Ginkel narrowly beats Yacob when it comes to passing accuracy, but given the role that the latter plays for the Baggies, one would think his tackling accuracy would be a little higher than the 69% he's shown over the first three games. Then again, he has faced both Manchester City and Chelsea so far this season. Even so, he is still a fair way behind Van Ginkel's 86% accuracy.