Manchester City vs Everton: How key men Fernandinho and Gueye compare

Fernandinho v Idrissa Gueye: Head to Head: : 20161014

Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Fernandinho v Idrissa Gueye: Head to Head: : 20161014

This weekend sees the return of the Premier League following the second international break of the campaign.

One of the games of the weekend can be found at the Etihad, where Manchester City host Everton.

The game sees two former Barcelona stars managing against each other on the touchlines as Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman meet in the Premier League for the first time.

The two were teammates for five years at the Nou Camp, playing key roles in the team that won the European Cup in 1992.

Both managers like to see their team playing a passing style meaning the central midfielders are key components.

For Everton, this is Idrissa Gueye, who has shone since arriving in the summer. Fernandinho has likewise impressed under Guardiola.

But which of the two has enjoyed the better start to the season? We decided to take a look.

Everton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Crystal Palace's Andros TownsendEverton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend

As it turns out, it was a narrow victory for Gueye as he came out on top in four of the eight areas analysed, with the two level in one.

So far this season he has managed to post more accurate passes and key passes than Manchester City’s star.

The two are level when it comes to passing accuracy, though, having managed scores of 88% each.

Manchester City's Fernandinho in action with Dortmund's Moritz LeitnerManchester City's Fernandinho in action with Dortmund's Moritz Leitner

Gueye comes out on top in terms of tackles won, 36 compared to 16, but Fernandinho has more interceptions, 14 compared to six.

Offensively it is a whitewash for the Brazilian as he has posted more shots and more shots on target than the Everton star.

A win for the new Toffees man though and Everton will be hoping for more of the same this weekend as Koeman looks to enjoy success against his old friend.

Everton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Norwich City's Steven NaismithEverton's Idrissa Gueye in action with Norwich City's Steven Naismith

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