Mason vs M’Vila: Who will come out on top today?

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

Sunderland welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Stadium of Light for this afternoon’s Premier League game.

Tottenham Hotspur face Dick Advocaat's Sunderland today, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his side's first league victory of the season.

Spurs currently occupy the 16th spot in the Premier League standings, while the Black Cats lie at the foot of the table, having picked up just two draws.

The midfield battle could prove crucial when the struggling sides meet at the Stadium of Light, with Tottenham's Ryan Mason and Sunderland summer signing Yann M'Vila - who joined from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan - among those who could decide the final outcome of the tie.

With this in mind, HITC Sport has taken a look at the duo's statistics. 

 Stats per App TeamShotsKey PassesPassing Accuracy (%)Successful PassesSuccessful DribblesTackles WonInterception MadePossession LostAppearances
Ryan Mason Tottenham 2.25 1.5 85 35.25 0.75 0.25 0.5 10.25 4
Yann M'Vila Sunderland 0.33 1.67 88 42 0.33 2.67 2.67 9.67 3

In an attacking capacity, Mason steals the plaudits, despite the fact that he is yet to get himself on the scoresheet this season.

The England international has been handed a licence to push forward at times this season - particularly in his side's last fixture against Everton - which has seen fashion over two shots at goal per match, while finding success in 0.75 dribbles per appearance. 

However, Sunderland fans are likely to be far more content with M'Vila's overall influence.

The Frenchman may offer less going forward, but his composure in possession - signified by his superior passing accuracy - as well as his ability to assist defensively, could see him prevail against the Lilywhites at the Stadium of Light today. 

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