PlayON Gameweek 10 Player Comparisons

David De Gea

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Hart vs De Gea

Keeper Comp GW10 - Joe H v David dGCovered as part our Key Fixture earlier in the week, Sunday’s Manchester derby is understandably drawing all the attention in Gameweek 10. A key battleground will be staged by the men on opposite ends of the pitch, two shotstoppers and potential showstoppers.

De Gea hasn’t been shielded by the most stable defence this season but when called into action- often as it happens- he has performed with authority and conviction. A commanding display at home to Chelsea last week sticks in the memory and United will need that level of performance again to come away with a result. The Spaniard’s record against City has been found wanting though, with eleven goals conceded in the past four clashes.

Statistically speaking, City’s No.1 trumps De Gea in most respects this season. In PlayON figures at least, Joe Hart looks the stronger with a 6400 points total to De Gea’s 4550. In terms of clean sheets and penalty saves however, they do match evenly with two and one apiece respectively. Hart has called for calm after a disaster week for the Sky Blues, so it’s clear which man is under more pressure. Will he thrive under it?

Baines vs Bertrand

Defender Comp GW10 - Leighton B v Ryan BThough not quite in the Roberto Carlos mould of rampaging full backs, these are certainly two of the most attack minded in the league. Both have had thrilling starts to the season, doing business at the back and joining the party up front when invited. Bertrand has slotted seamlessly into an impressive Southampton backline, conceding just five times and leading the table in clean sheets with five again in total.

Leighton Baines has re-established his credentials domestically after a disappointing World Cup. In statistical comparison, Bertrand holds the form defensively but the Evertonian’s key quality remains his exceptional left foot; contributing six assists and a goal already this term.

Clocking PlayON points totals of 4400 for Baines and 6700 for Bertrand thus far, both have gone above and beyond the remit of the left back position this season.

Jedinak vs Rodwell

Defensive Midfielder - Jack Rodwell v Milw JedinakA hardy and unifying force in the centre of midfield, Mile Jedinak has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League this season. Averaging 4.9 tackles per game he’s not afraid to get involved in the darker arts, nor is he afraid to chip in with goals- bagging three already as Palace’s designated penalty taker.

After taking a developmental nosedive in a limited two years at Manchester City, Jack Rodwell is slowly retracing steps toward progress at Sunderland. Weighing up the two this season, the Australian currently blows Rodwell out of the water, however Rodwell- on his day- has the dynamism to take the game to the opposition and grab goals of his own volition. The Blackcats are in dire need of a boost and will be holding out for a strong showing from the young Englishman at Selhurst Park.

Hernández vs Austin

Forward Comp GW10 - Abel H v Charlie ABoth strikers mucked it out in the lower leagues last term, Abel Hernandez with Palermo in the warmer climes of Serie B and Charlie Austin firing QPR out of the Championship and into the heat of Premier League action. Hernández has adapted remarkably well; thrown up on his own in the absence of the injured Jelavic, the Uruguayan has bagged three in five games for a new look Hull City side. Austin meanwhile has shut up the doubters and shown that Championship form can indeed be carried onto the next level with four goals and an assist to his name already.

A tale of two strikers certainly, the Hull no.9 has shown a knack for positional awareness and movement in his strikes so far while Austin has demonstrated his strength in link up play and technique.  At a PlayON price of £8m, Austin is the markedly cheaper man but travelling to Stamford Bridge and hitting the net could yet prove a tall order.


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