Darmian vs Coleman - One betters the other in four key areas

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How do Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian compare?

Everton host Manchester United this weekend in an intriguing clash which will see two of the Premier League’s better attacking full-backs Seamus Coleman and Matteo Darmian go head to head.

Darmian joined United from Torino last July, signing a four-year deal at Old Trafford and immediately earning the regular right-back role under boss Louis van Gaal.

The Italy international had impressed until a shocker against Arsenal, appearing in all eight of United’s Premier League fixtures.

Darmian is more than likely to start in Saturday’s visit to Goodison Park and on the opposite flank will be another marauding right-back in Everton's Coleman.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDuel Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameTake-ons per GameKey Passes per GameAppearances
Matteo Darmian 2.75 1.75 1.5 5.38 3.38 0.13 0.5 8
Seamus Coleman 1 1 2 6.4 6.6 1.6 0.4 5

As Opta stats show, the two talented full-backs have impressed but it is Coleman who comes out on top in the pre-match head to head, bettering Darmian in four key areas.

The Republic of Ireland international is given plenty of freedom to express himself under boss Roberto Martinez, though that shouldn’t take away the defensive talent he also has.

Coleman averages two effective clearances, 6.4 defensive duel winners and 6.6 ball recoveries per league encounter - figures among the very best throughout Everton’s squad.

The Toffees star also possesses bags of pace and carries a huge attacking threat in the final third, though Manchester United's Darmian is equally good in this respect and averages more key passes per match.

It’s going to be a fascinating game on Merseyside and one which has the potential for plenty of goals.

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