Sissoko v Cabaye: Not much to choose from between Newcastle and Crystal Palace midfielders

Moussa Sissoko v Yohan Cabaye: Head to Head: Battle of the French midfielders: 20151126

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko holds his own against former teammate Yohan Cabaye, now of Crystal Palace.

Moussa Sissoko v Yohan Cabaye: Head to Head: Battle of the French midfielders: 20151126

Yohan Cabaye will be reunited with Newcastle United this weekend as the Toon visit Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman disappointed fans of his former club this summer when he left PSG to join Palace instead of returning to the North East, although it is unclear how much, if at all, Steve McClaren pushed to try and make it happen.

Cabaye has made a positive early impact for Palace, scoring four goals.

According to the numbers however, goals aside, current Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko holds his own against him.

The pair are both French international teammates and will line up against each other at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Despite playing fewer minutes, Newcastle ace Sissoko has created seven more goalscoring chances than Cabaye.

He has four assists compared to Cabaye's one, and is more dominant in the final third of the pitch, recording 48 more successful passes in this area.

Cabaye has still managed to attempt more shots on target, with 11 to Sissoko's three, while the defensive part of his game has come to the fore.

The ex-PSG star has won the ball back on 12 more occasions for his team, and is an important cog in former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's midfield.

Palace come into the game substantially better off in the Premier League table with 19 points to Newcastle's 10. They are in 10th and Newcastle 17th, but Steve McClaren's side will be hoping to emulate rivals Sunderland by becoming the second away side within a week to record a shock win at Selhurst Park.

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