Arsenal's Coquelin vs Tottenham's Dier pre-match H2H: One outshines other in six key areas

Arsenal take on rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Arsenal host North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Sunday in an intriguing clash which will see Francis Coquelin and Eric Dier go head-to-head.

Dier has been one of the standout players for Spurs this season, switching from his normal position in the back four to an unfamiliar defensive midfield role.

The former Sporting Lisbon man has shown his versatility, performing exceptionally well alongside fellow youngster Dele Alli, and is deservedly in the running to make his full international bow.

Before potentially jetting off with England, though, Dier has the little matter of a North London derby with Arsenal at the Emirates to attend to and the prospect of facing Francis Coquelin.

The France international has similarly been a key player for the Gunners this season – but which of the duo has performed better in the opening stages of the 2015/16 campaign?

  Tackles per GameInterception per GameAerial Duels Won per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Francis Coquelin 2.7 2.9 0.8 7.3 8.7 68.2 47.7 10
Eric Dier 2.4 2.5 2.7 7 3.1 66.4 45 10

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players have posted incredible figures over a range of key defensive midfield categories, but Coquelin has fared better heading into the latest round of fixtures.

The former Charlton Athletic loan star averages more tackles, interceptions, defensive duels won and ball recoveries per Premier League match than his upcoming opponent.

Moreover, Coquelin is seemingly just that little bit more assured in possession, averaging 68.2 touches and 47.7 accurate passes per match.

Both teams head into the derby boasting impressive league form, with Arsenal winning their last five on the spin while Spurs currently hold the longest undefeated league run at 10 matches.

Dier and Coquelin have been instrumental in their respective team’s good fortunes, and Sunday’s result could ultimately come down to which player performs better on the day.

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