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Manchester City v Manchester United: relying on Tevez and Scholes

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Ahead of Monday night’s Manchester derby, we look at the impact of Carlos Tevez and Paul Scholes returning to their respective clubs as well as the battle of the top two Premier League keepers, David De Gea and Joe Hart.

TEVEZ IS INDISPENSABLE

Castrol EDGE performance data shows that Carlos Tevez has been involved in a goal every 55 minutes for Manchester City this season, a better ratio than any other player in the Premier league this season.

 

Among players who have had a hand in at least five of their side’s league goals this season, the Argentinean has proved the most efficient, finding the net four times and setting three other goals.

 

His partnership with Sergio Agüero has kept City’s hopes alive of a first Premier League crown: in the 304 minutes they have enjoyed together on the pitch, both players have scored a grand total of 11 goals (seven for Agüero and four for Tevez).

 

Top 5 mins per goal involvement in the PL this season

Player

Mins

Goals

Assists

Goals + Assists

Mins per goal involvement

Tévez, Carlos

387

4

3

7

55

Cissé, Papiss Demba

753

11

1

12

63

Berbatov, Dimitar

501

7

0

7

72

Agüero, Sergio

2330

22

7

29

80

van Persie, Robin

3064

27

10

37

83

Minimum goal involvement of 5

 

 

TOP TWO KEEPERS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN MANCHESTER DERBY

 

Ahead of Monday night’s crucial Manchester derby, Castrol EDGE performance data shows that the best two goalkeepers in the Premier League this season will be playing a big role in the outcome.

 

Manchester City’s Joe Hart has been the standout goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, topping the goalkeeping standings for save percentage (77.5%), clean sheets (15) and clean sheet percentage (43%). Despite a poor start to the season, the improvement of Manchester United’s David De Gea has been impressive, so much so that he sits second only to Hart in saves-to-shots ratio (76.7%) and clean sheet percentage (42%).

 

Best Saves to Shots ratio in the Premier League – 2011/12

 

Player

Save percentage

Hart, Joe

77.5

De Gea, David

76.7

Vorm, Michel

74.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Sheets in the Premier League – 2011/12

 

Player  

Clean Sheets

Games Played 

% of clean sheets

Hart, Joe

15

35

43%

Krul, Tim

14

34

41%

Vorm, Michel

13

34

38%

Szczesny, Wojciech

13

35

37%

Friedel, Brad

12

34

35%

De Gea, David

11

26

42%

Mignolet, Simon

11

27

41%

Reina, José

11

32

34%

Cech, Petr

10

32

31%

Howard, Tim

10

34

29%

 

When directly comparing the two goalkeepers, Hart also holds a significant edge in minutes per goal conceded, with a miserly one goal conceded every 117 minutes compared to De Gea’s 84. However, De Gea’s shot-stopping ability has been one of the main reasons for Manchester United’s rise to the top of the table, with the Spaniard boasting a superior 3.5 saves per match compared to Hart’s 2.7.

 

Hart v De Gea in the Premier League – 2011/12

 

Player

Joe Hart

David De Gea

Team

Manchester City

Manchester United

Appearances

35

26

Minutes On Pitch

3150

2340

Goals Conceded

27

28

Minutes per Goal Conceded

117

84

Clean Sheets

15

11

Saves

 

 

Saves

93

92

Saves per game

2.7

3.5

Saves from Inside Box

48

43

Saves from Outside Box

45

49

Saves to Shots ratio

78%

77%

Catches

 

 

Punches

18

20

Catches

36

24

Dropped Catches

1

2

Catch Success Rate %

98%

96%

Kicks
Long Kicking Distribution

244

228

Kicking Success Rate %

45%

48%

 

 

VINTAGE SCHOLES IS SHOWING THE WAY FOR UNITED

 

Castrol EDGE performance data shows that Paul Scholes has played the most minutes in the Premier League this season without ever losing.

 

The Manchester Utd veteran has been on the pitch 933 minutes in the Premier League since making his return last January and has never ended on the losing side.

 

Incidentally, his first game back for the Red Devils was at Eastlands against Manchester City in an FA Cup 3rd round tie on 8 January when he came on as a second-half sub – he only missed two of his 71 passes on that afternoon, proof that class is permanent.

 

Top 3 most minutes played without losing in the PL this season

Player

Mins

Wins

Draws

Losses

Scholes, Paul

933

12

2

0

Gibson, Darron

885

5

5

0

Kalou, Salomon

502

6

5

0

Vidic, Nemanja

502

5

1

0

   

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