Stat Attack: Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

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Tottenham will be looking to bounce back straight away from their defeat to Manchester City; in particular Sergio Aguero who netted all four goals against Tottenham. They will be looking for their second home win on the bounce having overcome Southampton with a 1-0 victory in their last outing at White Hart Lane.

Spurs will be equally as keen to keep their second home clean sheet in a row and their fourth overall this season. A big part to this defensive success has been goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, has racked up more saves than any other Premier League keeper. The France captain has made 29 saves so far this season, at an average of 3.63 saves per game.

Tottenham have been very impressive in midfield, in particular Christian Eriksen, who scored his third goal of the season last weekend at The Etihad. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that he has also won an impressive 17 tackles and made six interceptions. On the ball is where he really impresses though, completing 66.6% of his dribbles and completing a club best 238 passes in the opposition half with an overall 83.95% pass completion rate.

Fellow midfielder Nacer Chadli has been in equally phenomenal form according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with four goals and an assist to his name, with 66.6% of Chadli’s shots on target have found the back of the net. He has completed 85.57% of his passes so far this season, and he will pose a major threat to the Magpies.

Newcastle will go into the game with renewed optimism, having grabbed all three points for the first time this season against Leicester last weekend.  Former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan’s goal handed the Magpies their first win of the campaign, and they will be looking to double up this weekend to make it six points from a possible six.

Whilst he didn’t score last weekend, Papiss Demba Cisse’s return to action has been of immense help to Newcastle. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index reveals that the Senegalese striker has bagged four goals in as many games and also grabbed an assist. What most impresses though is his decisiveness in front of goal, as he has scored every other shot he has taken.

In the middle of the park, Jack Colback has continued to impress since his switch from local rivals Sunderland. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us how crucial he is to the Toon’s midfield, racking up 17 interceptions and winning 13 tackles to help break up the play. He has covered the seventh most ground of any player in the Premier League so far this season, completing an impressive 92.09km and will look to out-run his London midfield opponents to help give Newcastle a foothold in the midfield battle.

At the back, nobody can be disappointed with the performance of new signing and Dutch international fullback Daryl Janmaat. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows us how the former Feyenoord man has been a box to box full back for the Geordies, also grabbing himself a goal in the process. Only Cisse himself boasts more shots on target than Janmaat’s tally of four, and he is equally as astute defensively. He has won a total of 16 tackles so far this campaign in his addition to his 14 clearances and interceptions alike. Watch out for the Dutch fullback at both ends of the pitch this weekend.

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