Newcastle United meet Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at St James's Park. The home side are in dire need of just their third win of the season in order to ease mounting relegation fears, while Liverpool are looking to continue their good run of form and continue to put pressure on the sides above them in the Premier League.
A lot of scrutiny has been placed on both side's defences at times this season. Newcastle have conceded eight goals in their past two Premier League matches, meaning that they have conceded the most goals in the division, along with Premier League newboys Bournemouth.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was given the task of tightening up the Reds defence in order to help spur some kind of revival.
Both Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat and Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne are highly rated right-backs. Janmaat seems to be well thought of in the Premier League, while Clyne's excellent season at Southampton last year led to the Reds splashing out big money in the summer to land the player, and he seems to be enjoying his football under new management.
But how do their statistics compare?
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In these areas they seem pretty evenly matched - Clyne has played one more game than Janmaat, having featured in every Premier League game for Liverpool so far this season.
What is interesting to see is Janmaat ahead of Clyne in accuracy both when it comes to tackling and for crosses, but arguably the more physical aspect of beating a player and winning duels, it's the Liverpool man that just shades things.
In possession, however, it is Janmaat who has the edge, as he has been dispossessed on fewer occasions, and has yet to register an error that leads to an opponent getting a shot on goal.
One does wonder about the differing circumstances of the two teams - one may like to play on the front foot more and one is possibly more direct, and all of this could effect the numbers in a different way. Both sides seem to have two very good right-backs, and in Janmaat's case he may be putting his teammates to shame.