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Head to head: Silva v Ritchie

The Blues are back in Premier League action at Bournemouth this Saturday, so let’s see how one of ours matches up to one of theirs.

David Silva and Matt Ritchie have been key to the plans of managers Manuel Pellegrini and Eddie Howe, so how do their figures compare?

Appearances

David has had a couple of niggling injuries that have kept him out from time to time, whereas Ritchie has only missed one of his side’s Premier League fixtures so far.

Silva: 22 (two substitute appearances)

Ritchie: 30 (two substitute appearances)

Goals scored

‘El Mago’ scored City’s first of the season at West Brom back in August, but has only found the net once in the league since. The Cherries’ Scottish international has one more, and bagged the winner for his country this Tuesday in a friendly against Denmark.

Silva: 2

Ritchie: 3

Goals inside the box

David has scored some fabulous goals from range in the past – remember his first, at Blackpool in 2010? This season, both his goals have been from nearer to goal and two of Ritchie’s three have been from a similar position.

Silva: 100%

Ritchie: 66%

Shot accuracy

Both players are not afraid to have a go on goal, but Ritchie edges the 2010 World Cup hero in terms of hitting the target.

Silva: 15%

Ritchie: 23%

Pass accuracy

The man dubbed ‘Merlin’ by Shaun Wright-Phillips a few years ago outdoes the Bournemouth man when it comes to finding his man with a pass.

Silva: 86%

Ritchie: 75%

Assists

Both players are their respective side’s ‘Mr Assist’, topping the charts for setting up Premier League goals for their team mates this term.

Silva: 10 (0.45 per game)

Ritchie: 6 (0.2)

Summary


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