West Ham's Mark Noble betters Sunderland's Lee Cattermole in seven key areas

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West Ham United’s Mark Noble and Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole compared...

West Ham United travel to the North East this weekend in an intriguing Premier League clash which will see midfielders Mark Noble and Lee Cattermole go head-to-head.

Noble has started the season brilliantly for the Hammers, getting among the goals and helping his team to claim fabulous away victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Cattermole, on the other hand, has seen his Sunderland side struggle and, with just two points to their name, pundits and onlookers are already predicting a painful battle against relegation for his side.

The Black Cats have struggled across the board, with a startling lack of creativity not helped by a defence which looks like conceding at any moment during the 90 minutes.

The midfield is arguably their strongest area, yet it’s quite alarming when one of Sunderland’s usually more dominant players in Cattermole has been vastly outperformed this season by an upcoming rival.

  Tackles per MatchInterceptions per MatchDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per MatchTouches per MatchAccurate Passes per MatchKey Passes per MatchAppearances
Mark Noble 1.57 2.57 6.57 6.14 60 38.43 0.71 7
Lee Cattermole 1.5 2.33 2.33 4 36.83 24.33 0.17 6

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, West Ham’s Mark Noble trumps Cattermole in as many as seven key midfield categories – and that’s not including goals and assists.

The popular midfielder has bettered his Sunderland counterpart in terms of tackles, interceptions, duel winners, recoveries, touches, accurate passes and key passes per Premier League match.

The Hammers boast the best away record in the league, while Dick Advocaat’s men have collected just one point at the Stadium of Light ahead of this weekend’s encounter.

The form of both the players individually and collectively points towards a comfortable away win, though if it’s any consolation for Sunderland fans, then surely things have to improve soon as they can’t get much worse.

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