Skrtel vs Fonte pre-match analysis: Which defender comes out on top?

Liverpool face Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool host Southampton in an intriguing Premier League encounter on Sunday which will see dominant defenders Martin Skrtel and Jose Fonte on opposite sides of the pitch.

The Saints have seen a number of star players plucked by the so-called big clubs in recent years, including Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, who all joined Liverpool.

Fonte is one of the last remaining members of the squad which earned promotion to the Premier League, a rather surprising factor considering the club’s sales in recent years.

The Portuguese centre-back has been an ever-present figure in the team this season, impressing for Ronald Koeman’s men as they look to build on last season’s success.

On Sunday, Fonte and his Saints teammates face a big challenge in the form of Liverpool and finding a way past the rather underestimated Skrtel will be a tough task in itself.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDuel Winners per GameAerial Winners per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Martin Skrtel 1 2 4.89 4.67 3.22 4.11 43.78 9
Jose Fonte 0.89 2.33 4.11 4 2.11 5.67 45.56 9

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the contributions which Fonte and Skrtel provide their respective team is evident by their impressive figures in a number of key areas.

Picking a winner in a straight comparison between the two would be dubious, considering the fact that both seem to shine in different aspects of their defensive game.

Skrtel averages more tackles, clearances, defensive duel winners and aerial winners per encounter. However, Fonte on the other hand posts more interceptions, ball recoveries and accurate passes.

Goals have not come too freely between these sides at Anfield in recent seasons, a fact which is testament to the defensive capabilities of both sides when they are at the top of their game.

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