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Head-to-Head: Fernandinho v Dier

Ahead of Sunday's clash, we compare the two midfielders Premier League campaign so far...

We take a look at how Fernandinho and Eric Dier have fared so far this season for their sides, in the heart of the midfield.

Tackles Won:

A midfielder in the modern game needs to be combative and both Fernandinho and Dier have this in abundance, however it is Fernandinho who tops the tackles won stat so far this season.

Fernandinho: 53

Dier: 37

Successful Passes:

A holding midfielder contributes to all phases of play and being consistent and accurate with passes is key. The Brazilian just edges Dier when it comes to successful passes but has also made more passes. Eric Dier has an 82% pass completion rate and Ferna has an 88% completion rate.

Fernandinho: 1125

Dier: 1064

Interceptions:

Stopping opposition attacks is part of both player’s jobs as they act as a shield for their defence. Dier has the edge here with more interceptions so far and so gets the points for this stat.

Fernandinho: 38

Dier: 55

Successful take ons:

So far this season Fernandinho has managed to successfully take on more players than Dier, perhaps due to his more attack-minded nature and therefore takes the points for this stat.

Fernandinho: 15

Dier: 5

Goals Scored:

Chipping in with the odd goal here and there is an added bonus for any anchor-man and so far this season it is Dier who has grabbed one more goal than the City man in the Premier League and wins this stat.

Fernandinho: 2

Dier: 3

Assists:

Other than goals, both players have provided one assist each for their team so far this campaign in the Premier League.

Fernandinho: 1

Dier: 1

Summary:

Both Fernandinho and Dier are crucial members of their team and would fit nicely into the midfield of any Premier League side. Both have had stellar seasons so far, but hopefully it will be the man in sky blue that will lead his team to victory on Sunday. 


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