Chelsea’s Fabregas vs Liverpool’s Milner; who comes out on top?

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Jose Mourinho's side host Jurgen Klopp's team at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

This weekend sees Chelsea host Liverpool in what has often been a feisty game over the years.

This season sees both sides struggling for their best form, with Jose Mourinho firmly under pressure at Stamford Bridge, and Brendan Rodgers having already been replaced by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

Key players in both sides are Cesc Fabregas and James Milner, with the Spaniard having been the creative heartbeat of his team last season, while the former Manchester City man has enjoyed his new central role for the Reds this term.

We decided to compare the pair to see who comes out on top in 2015/16.

  Total Pass per GameAccurate Pass GAMETotal Att Assist per GameOntarget Attempted Assist per GameTouches per GameUnsuccessful Touches per GameTotal Contests per GameWon Contests per Game
Cesc Fàbregas 74.9 62 1.9 0.9 90.3 0.3 1 0.5
James Milner 50.4 40.2 2.5 1.5 73.9 1.7 1.2 0.7

And surprisingly, it’s a draw between the two players as they manage to come out on top in four key areas apiece.

The Spaniard enjoys success when it comes to passing, as he posts more total passes and accurate passes per game, while he also enjoys more touches and fewer unsuccessful touches than his midfield counterpart.

Milner, though, is a shock winner when it comes to assists, coming out on top for the number of attempted assists per game as well as on target assists, while he is also successful in total contested dribbles and contests won.

It is the assists that is the true shocker, though, with Fabregas having dominated that particular area last season, but demonstrably struggled to replicate those heroics this year.

While both players were level in this particular battle, who comes out on top on Saturday will surely be key to which side leaves with all three points.

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