Crystal Palace winger Sako betters West Ham ace Moses in six key areas

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How do Bakary Sako and Victor Moses compare?

Crystal Palace host West Ham United on Saturday in a match which will see exciting wingers Bakary Sako and Victor Moses take to the field on opposite sides.

Sako has been somewhat of a revelation for Palace this season after joining the club on a free transfer from Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers this past summer.

Palace boss Alan Pardew seemed to be one of few willing to take the gamble on him, which was rather baffling considering his obvious talent and contribution.

So far this season, he has helped to lift the Eagles into the upper echelons of the Premier League table, and on Saturday he will be up against another of the league’s exciting wingers in Victor Moses.

  Goals per GameAssists per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Crosses per GameAppearances
Bakary Sako 0.4 0.2 44.2 19.8 3.8 1 1.6 0.6 5
Victor Moses 0.25 0.25 29 10 1.5 0.75 1.75 0.5 4

The Chelsea-owned forward has been a solid capture for West Ham, though as per the table provided by Opta Stats, he still has some way to go before matching the levels set by Sako.

The Palace ace comes out on top in six key attacking areas – the most intriguing being his notable goal threat, as he average 3.8 shots per game and already has two goals in five appearances.

Moreover, the French-born Mali international averages more touches, accurate passes, key passes and accurate crosses per league appearance than his upcoming opponent.

However, team styles can impact on a player’s contribution, and the Hammers often opt for a more counterattacking approach – one which may starve Moses of the ball but offers him more space.

The loanee has made a positive impression in East London, and he will be hoping that come Saturday he will better Sako in the significant categories such as goals and assists.

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