Tottenham's Eric Dier vs Bournemouth's Dan Gosling: One betters the other in six key areas

Dean Court

Bournemouth host Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League competition on Sunday.

Bournemouth take on Tottenham Hotspur at Dean Court on Sunday in an intriguing Premier League encounter which will see defensive midfielders Dan Gosling and Eric Dier go head-to-head.

Dier joined Spurs predominantly as a defender, versatile enough to feature at centre-back and on occasions last season out on the right in the absence of the injured Kyle Walker.

The former England U21 international was impressive, yet this season he has amazed supporters further by becoming a permanent figure in the Spurs starting line-up in a defensive midfield role.

After missing last weekend’s fixture against Liverpool, Dier will surely return to the side to face Bournemouth on Sunday, and he will be up against another impressive performer in Dan Gosling.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDuel Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Eric Dier 2.38 2.63 1.63 6.38 2.88 65.25 43.88 8
Dan Gosling 0.75 1 0.38 3.88 2.88 39 24.25 8

As per the table provide by Opta Stats, Gosling has been a competitive figure in the Cherries midfield, but he and his teammates have their work cut out against Dier this weekend.

The former Sporting Lisbon man betters Gosling in as many as six key categories, averaging more tackles, interceptions, clearances and defensive duel winners per Premier League appearance.

Moreover, the Spurs man is considerably more comfortable in possession – a surprising outcome considering Eddie Howe’s men love to get the ball down and play it.

The aforementioned statistics may count for little on Sunday afternoon, yet they serve as a gentle reminder to Bournemouth as to the size of the challenge they face this season among English football's elite.

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