How Micah Richards compares to Virgil van Dijk so far this season

Micah Richards

The Aston Villa and Southampton defenders arrived at their respective clubs over the summer.

Micah Richards and Virgil van Dijk both moved to the Premier League from abroad this summer.

Aston Villa captain Richards has plenty of experience of English football, of course, but moved to the Midlands after spending time in Italy.

Van Dijk, meanwhile, joined Southampton after time with Scottish champions Celtic. Both have made an impression so far this season, despite Aston Villa's struggles and the Saints' poor recent results.

 (Per Game) TacklesInterceptionsHeadersClearancesMinutes Played
Virgil van Dijk 1.4 2.8 5.4 7.3 900
Micah Richards 1.15 2.77 2.85 7.15 1,170

That said, as Opta data shows, there's a clear winner based on the stats so far this season. Indeed, Southampton's Van Dijk averages more tackles, interceptions, headers and clearances per game.

That's despite Richards facing far more pressure at the heart of Aston Villa's defence.

Both will be key should they feature this weekend, as Southampton will no doubt want to bounce back from conceding six goals against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup - and prior defeats to Manchester City and Stoke.

Richards, though, will need to be at his best and most influential if he is to help Villa stop the rot at the foot of the league table.

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