Kante vs Kouyate head-to-head: One betters the other in six key areas

Leicester City host West Ham United this weekend.

Leicester City host West Ham United on Sunday in what will be one of the biggest Premier League fixtures of the weekend as both teams look for all three points at the top of the table.

The Foxes currently lead the table by seven points, and another victory for Claudio Ranieri’s men will push them closer to the title in what has been an unbelievable campaign for the East Midlands club.

West Ham have also enjoyed a terrific campaign under Slaven Bilic, and the Hammers are within touching distance of the top four as they look to finish the season in the Champions League spots.

It’s all set to be a fascinating encounter, and two players who could end up making a real difference are enforcers N’Golo Kante and Cheikhou Kouyate in the middle of midfield.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameDuels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
N'Golo Kanté 3.28 4.19 7.47 8.78 58.19 31.63 32
Cheikhou Kouyaté 2.14 2.14 7.36 6.64 52.46 28.93 28

As shown by the table provided by Opta, both players are absolutely key in their respective sides as they shield the back four and allow the so-called flair players to do the business in the final third.

The talented duo have enjoyed fantastic campaigns thus far, but the statistics above show how Kante has the upper hand on his upcoming opponent in as many as six key categories.

The France international averages more tackles, interceptions, defensive duels won, ball recoveries, touches and accurate passes per Premier League fixture than the West Ham ace.

Kante arrived at Leicester as an unknown quantity and within 12 months he has become known as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League, with interest in him this summer expected to be high.

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