West Ham's Ogbonna vs Liverpool's Lovren: One betters the other in five key defensive areas

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How do West Ham United’s Angelo Ogbonna and Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren compare?

Liverpool host West Ham United this weekend in an intriguing Premier League match which will see centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Angelo Ogbonna go head to head.

The latter joined the Hammers from Serie A champions Juventus in the summer, a deal which many observers considered to be a real coup for the East Londoners considering his experience and talent.

However, West Ham’s defence has been sloppy in their past two league matches and Ogbonna was withdrawn after just 35 minutes during the 4-3 home defeat to Bournemouth last time out.

Lovren, on the other hand, has been a part of defence which boasts a 100% clean sheet record so far this season and he looks anything but the nervous wreck he struggled with last season.

Ahead of the clash at Anfield, we decided to take a look at which defender has performed better so far this season from a statistical perspective coming via Opta Stats.

  Tackles per GameEffective Clearances per GameInterceptions per GameAerial Winners per GameDef Duel Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Angelo Ogbonna 2 4 0.67 4.67 7.67 6 34.33 3
Dejan Lovren 1 5.67 1.67 3.33 5.33 1.67 30.67 3

Well, as per the table above, rather surprisingly it is Ogbonna who comes out on top, bettering Lovren in as many as five key defensive categories.

The 27-year-old has averaged more tackles, aerial duel winners, defensive duel winners, ball recoveries and accurate passes per Premier League fixture.

However, considering Liverpool’s fine start to the season, it’s worth noting the results could be skewed somewhat due to the contributions of both defenders in relation to how their teams have performed.

The Reds have been impressive in midfield and the introduction of James Milner has given them more solidarity, making it harder for opponents to create chances against them.

West Ham, in contrast, have been so open in their past two home matches that their defence has come under all sorts of pressure and could explain why Ogbonna appears to be the much busier player.

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