Hull City vs Aston Villa
Hull Stat Attack
Hull looked on course for a shock victory at the Etihad at the weekend after David Meyler put Steve Bruce’s side ahead after reacting first to a rebounded shot in the first half. Hull couldn’t hang on to their lead though as a sublime free kick from James Milner at the death ensured the spoils were halved.
David Meyler was not content with putting his side ahead at the weekend, but also in keeping them there with a monumental performance. He not only covered more distance (7.9 miles), he also recorded more sprints (82) and a higher average speed (4.8mph) than any other player on the pitch at the Etihad according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Such work ethic should come as no surprise though, as this Hull side is full of hard workers. Jake Livermore in particular has distinguished himself this season for the lengths he has been willing to go to for his side, covering the fifth highest total distance of any player in the league this term with 265.5km to his name.
Curtis Davies (who once described one of his performances while at Villa as pub player standard) will once again be the main man in defence for Steve Bruce’s side, responsible for marshalling what is a pacy Aston Villa attack. He currently ranks third in the Barclays Premier League for total defensive contributions (blocks, interceptions, tackles won and clearances) with 338, meaning he has now recorded one on average every 5.3 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season.
Aston Villa Stat Attack
Despite managing to draw level through Jores Okore after Eden Hazard’s early opener, Paul Lambert’s side were not able to contain the league leaders for the full 90 minutes and eventually fell to a 1-2 defeat after Branislav Ivanovic’s winner.
Carles Gil has been impressing with his technique and vision since arriving from Valencia last month. However it is his willingness to work hard for his side that has also caught the eye, and was on show again last weekend against Chelsea. Only Ashley Westwood covered more ground for Villa than the Spaniard, who racked up 7.3km, as well as 34 dribbles.
Despite an off day against Arsenal, midfielder Carlos Sanchez has also brought a sense of renewed energy to the Villa midfield, quickly adapting to life in the Barclays Premier League. He’s so far recorded a completed pass in the opponent’s half on average once every 3.4 minutes that he’s been on the pitch so far for Villa, an impressive return.
Alan Hutton continues to quietly go about establishing some exceptional stats this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. So far he’s won 81.1% of his 53 attempted challenges this season, as well as a solid 79 clearances and 31 interceptions.
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