Capoue vs Sanchez pre-match H2H: One betters other in six key areas

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Aston Villa host Watford at Villa Park on Saturday.

Aston Villa take on Watford at Villa Park on Saturday in an interesting Premier League encounter which the hosts may feel they simply must win.

Remi Garde’s side are currently rooted to the foot of the table, having picked up just five points from 13 matches, including a run of just two points from their last 12 matches.

Villa’s shocking form has already seen Tim Sherwood lose his job, and Garde’s task of keeping them up couldn’t be more difficult considering the unbalanced squad devoid of confidence he has to work with.

On Saturday, the West Midlands outfit host Watford in a must-win match and two players who could be key to the outcome are defensive midfielders Carlos Sanchez and Etienne Capoue.

The latter, a summer signing from Tottenham Hotspur, has been utterly superb for the Hornets this season and he goes into the clash having performed consistently better thus far.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameKey Passes per GameAppearances
Carlos Sánchez 2.1 1.9 5.7 5.7 51.4 31.8 0.1 10
Etienne Capoue 1.92 2.92 7.54 8.08 69.54 40.08 1 13

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the difference in performance between the two players is quite remarkable, and it doesn’t bode too well for Sanchez on first reading.

Capoue averages more interceptions, defensive duels won and ball recoveries per league encounter.

Moreover, the Watford man is seemingly much more comfortable with the ball at his feet, performing better in terms of touches, accurate passes and chances crated via key passes per match.

While the stats cast Sanchez in a rather bad light, the Colombian ace has actually been among Villa’s better performers, which just highlights the difficulties in which boss Garde faces.

Villa’s home form will be vital to their hopes of Premier League survival this season, and in games against Watford – a team regarded as a contender for the drop – they must secure all three points.

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