Aston Villa's Micah Richards betters Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in four key areas

How do the Aston Villa and Stoke City defenders compared?

Aston Villa host Stoke City this weekend in an encounter which will pit defenders Micah Richards and Geoff Cameron on opposing sides at Villa Park.

Villa’s signing during the summer transfer window has started life in the West Midlands well, becoming a mainstay under boss Tim Sherwood in the heart of the defence.

Cameron, on the other hand, has also played every minute of every match so far this season for Stoke and has become a key performer in Mark Hughes’ revolution at the Britannia Stadium.

While both teams haven’t exactly kicked off their 2015/16 Premier League campaign in inspiring form, their centre-backs have been impressive over a number of key areas.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDef Duels Won per GameAerial Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Micah Richards 1.57 2.71 6.14 7.14 3.14 5.57 7
Geoff Cameron 1.43 1.43 5 6.71 3.29 5.86 7

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo post admirable averages in a range of defensive categories, but it is Richards who comes out better in a pre-match head to head.

The former Manchester City man averages more tackles, interceptions, effective clearances and defensive duel winners per Premier League encounter this season.

Richards has always been a very capable defender at this level and, after proving his fitness, is now rightly considered an almost guaranteed starter at the back for Villa.

Cameron isn’t exactly a million miles away, though – the Stoke man competing well over the aforementioned areas and bettering Richards in aerial winners and ball recoveries.

In a match which has more riding on it than just three Premier League points, the result could ultimately come down to which defender plays better on the day.

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