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David Silva v Juan Mata: who’s been better this season?



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David Silva and Juan Mata go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester City take on Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.  The Spaniards have spoken of their close friendship, and Castrol EDGE Performance data shows that they are very closely matched on the pitch as well.


Both have scored five league goals this season, nearly all of which have come from their favoured left feet. They also have the same chance conversion rates (11%), although Silva’s shooting accuracy (54%) is marginally better than Mata’s (45%).


In terms of overall attacking play, Silva and Mata are crucial to their teams’ chances of success. Both are comfortable running with the ball and they also have similarly impressive pass completion rates (DS = 88%, JM = 87%).  This has resulted in a notable number of assists; whilst Silva (12) has two more than Mata (10), Mata’s record is particularly impressive given the poor form of Chelsea’s strikers this season.


David Silva and Juan Mata in the 2011/12 Premier League


Player David Silva Juan Mata
Team Manchester City Chelsea
Appearances (PL 11/12) 27 26
Starts 24 24
Minutes On Pitch 2,146 2,037
Goal Attempts
Goals 5 5
Mins per goal 429 407
Right footed goals 1 0
Left footed goals 4 5
Goals inside box 4 4
Goals outside box 1 1
Shots 46 44
Shots On Target 25 20
Shots Off Target 21 24
Shooting Accuracy 54% 45%
Chance Conversion 11% 11%
Touches 2008 1690
Touches per game 74.4 65.0
Goal Assists 12 10
Total Passes 1,570 1,226
Pass Completion % 88% 87%
Pass Completion in final third % 82% 79%
Total Crosses 81 202
Cross Completion % 23% 25%
Dribbles & Runs 61 40
Dribble Completion % 49% 60%