This weekend sees Leicester City take on Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium with the home side looking to extend their promising start to the campaign under Claudio Ranieri, while Tim Sherwood's troops will be hoping to establish some momentum. A win here would be a welcome boost for the Villans.
Defences are going to be under the microscope, with this fixture likely to be viewed as an opportunity to get points on the board by both sides, and here we take a look at possible key figures at the heart of the respective back lines - Robert Huth from Leicester City and Micah Richards from Aston Villa.
Here are some of their key stats from the season so far:
|Position||Team||Tackles Accuracy||Won Header Duels||Interception Won GAME||Outfielder Block GAME||Error Lead To Shot||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Micah Richards||DF||Aston Villa||75%||64.71||3.5||0.5||1||4||360|
As you can see from the Opta figures, the two defenders have different styles and roles within their teams - with Huth seemingly more adept at dealing with aerial threats, and Richards winning battles on the deck.
Huth has won close to 85% of his aerial contests so far this season, while Richards' record is okay but still 20% behind the German.
It is on the ground that Richards emerges much the stronger, averaging more interceptions per game and finding himself miles ahead of Huth when it comes to winning tackles - 75% to 33%.
Both players have kept their error count pretty low, but haven't been error-free as both have made mistakes that have led to a solitary shot being fired at their goalkeeper so far this season. That could lead to their opponents pressing them in order to see if they will crack again, but for the most part, the pair have been reliable enough for Ranieri and Sherwood.