Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye set to pit defensive nous against West Brom's incisive James Morrison

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

How do the Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion midfielders stack up?

This weekend's meeting between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park is an interesting clash of the form book; supported by what will be a number of key individual battles on the day.

Among the main duels will lie that of Yohan Cabaye and James Morrison, who are set to come up against each other frequently in the most congested area of the field.

Cabaye, signed from Paris St-Germain in the summer, was Palace's marquee signing of the new Pardew era, while his performances since returning to the Premier League have been as impressive as ever.

Meanwhile, James Morrison has continued to be one of the most reliable contributors to West Brom's cause, even in the face of their early struggles in the new campaign.

  PositionTeam AssistsGoalsAccurate CrossesWon TacklesInterceptionsAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesAppearances
James Morrison MF West Brom 2 2 1 8 17 246 43 6
Yohan Cabaye MF C. Palace 0 2 6 24 29 207 49 7

As evidenced by the above table, provided by Opta, the discrepancy in midfield offerings isn't overly different between the two, although it does highlight the nuances of their respective roles.

Despite Cabaye's hefty price tag, the Frenchman's contribution since returning to the Premier League hasn't quite been identical to what he did at Newcastle United, where he weighed in with significant attacking potency.

The 29-year-old has shown himself to be a more combative operator for his new club; outgunning Morrison in all facets of the game related to pressing and midfield aggression when out of possession.

On the more creative side of things, Morrison has Cabaye beat for the moment. With more assists, more goals from open play and a higher number of passes completed, the attacking incision belongs to the former Middlesbrough man.

And on a day where Cabaye will be one of the main nullifiers of West Brom's midfield work, Morrison is likely to be putting his attacking attributes directly on the line against his feisty French counterpart.

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