Stat Attack: Tottenham vs Stoke City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham launched a stunning fightback in the final ten minutes against Aston Villa to come back from a goal down to win 1-2 thanks to goals from Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for another win this weekend to help his developing side build on this newfound momentum.

Striker Kane is rapidly building a reputation as one the best young strikers in the Barclays Premier League and despite his limited playing time in the league, the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows the contribution he’s able to make. Despite playing just 95 minutes this season, he’s already racked up three attempts, all of which have been on target.

Despite being just 20 years of age, and in his first season of English football, Eric Dier is clearly adapting quickly to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League. The young defender has attempted the second highest number of challenges in the Spurs squad (behind only Etienne Capoue (35)) with 31, winning an excellent 80.6% of them and conceding just eight fouls.

Captain Younes Kaboul has been leading from the front for Spurs this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows the big defender as making 131 defensive contributions (blocks, clearances, tackles won, interceptions), the highest total in the Spurs squad and one which marks him as the only Tottenham player to have moved into triple figures in this category this season.

Goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf were not enough for Stoke last time out as they let a 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with West Ham at The Britannia.

The Stoke defence can take pride in the way they’ve protected ‘keeper Asmir Begovic on the whole this season. He’s made the least saves of any stopper in the league to have played more than 800 minutes, with only 12 according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. On average that’s just one save every 75 minutes.

Perhaps key to this is the willingness of Begovic’s captain, Ryan Shawcross, to throw himself in front of attempts on his goal. The Potters’ commanding centre half has been in typically robust form this term, registering the third highest number of blocks in the Barclays Premier League this season (13).

Victor Moses is apparently enjoying his time at the Britannia Stadium where he has had the chance to rack up more minutes on the pitch than at some of his previous clubs. He’s been once of their most active attacking outlets too, attempting a squad-high 28 crosses, as well as completing 58% of his 50 dribbles this season.

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