Crystal Palace’s Cabaye vs Manchester United’s Schweinsteiger; who comes out on top?

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The Eagles host United at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

This weekend sees Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

Both bought well in the summer, with the defensive midfield position in particular having caught the headlines.

Palace spent big and surprised everyone to secure Yohan Cabaye from PSG, in a deal that is looking like one of the best of the transfer window, while United secured experienced midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in a similarly surprising coup.

Both have started this season positively, but who has been better? We decided to take a look at their stats to see who comes out on top.

  Total Passes per GameAccurate Passes per GameTouches per GameUnsuccessful Touches per GameTotal Tackles per GameWon Tackles per GameInterceptions per Game
Bastian Schweinsteiger 57.1 49.1 68.7 0.7 1.7 1.2 1.5
Yohan Cabaye 39.5 32.8 61 0.7 3.7 3.4 3.7

There is no separating the two midfielders, as each comes out on top in three areas apiece.

The German is noticeably on top in the passing areas, as he enjoys success when it comes to total passes per game and accurate passes per game, while he has also enjoyed more touches per game.

However, the pair are level when it comes to the number of unsuccessful touches per game, at 0.7.

Surprisingly, the Frenchman, who is well known for his attacking creativity, comes out on top when it comes to the defensive side of the game.

This season he beats Schweinsteiger when it comes to total tackles and successful tackles per game, while he also enjoys more than double the number of interceptions per game.

A draw in this particular battle then, with neither midfielder managing to take a clear lead. Whoever comes out on top at the weekend will surely be key to whichever side leaves with all three points.

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