Ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League encounter between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane, fantasy football game www.oulala.com have taken a look at an array of player performance data to build a combined best XI from the two teams based on this season’s stats…
Following 13 straight wins from Chelsea, it’s no surprise to see the Blues dominate the side, claiming eight of the 11 spots, but which three Spurs players managed to make the grade?
How many of these stars have featured in your fantasy football line ups this season?
Goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea)
With 11 clean sheets in 19 appearances, it’s no surprise to see the Belgian make the team. The 24-year-old has registered 35 saves and his 41 claims have come at a success rate of 100 per cent.
Left Wing Back (Danny Rose, Tottenham)
The left back has been Spurs’ third best tackler this season winning 32 tackles in 14 appearances. Rose has completed 19 attempted dribbles and has suffered 39 fouls, the most by any Tottenham player. Weighing in with two goals and two assists already, the 26-year-old is contributing at both ends of the pitch.
Centre Back (Gary Cahill, Chelsea)
A colossus in the air this season, the Chelsea vice-captain has led by example and as the side’s best performer aerially, winning 47 aerial duels, Cahill’s defensive abilities at set-pieces have been instrumental to the number of clean sheets Chelsea have registered. The 82 clearances he has recorded, again the best at the club adds further to the importance the 31-year-old has played this season.
Centre Back (David Luiz, Chelsea)
Having completed 84 per cent of his passes from the back, including a 100 per cent success rate from dribbles, the Brazilian has silenced his critics with some excellent displays at the heart of the Chelsea defence. With seven blocks and 79 clearances, the 29-year-old is justifying his place in the side this time around.
Centre Back (Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea)
As the Blues’ best tackler and passer, winning 37 tackles and completing 1,021 passes in 19 appearances, Azpilicueta is back to his very best. Perhaps surprisingly, the Spaniard is also Chelsea’s second most successful player in the air, winning a total of 34 aerial battles. The 27-year-old also ranks second at the club for interceptions (40) and clearances (80).
Right Wing Back
(Victor Moses, Chelsea)
A player transformed, Moses has surprised the masses with some excellent performances in the wing back role. Contributing defensively with 19 tackles, 26 interceptions and 32 clearances, the 26-year-old has been just as impressive further up the pitch, completing 32 dribbles, providing one assist and netting three goals.
Defensive Midfielder (N’Golo Kante, Chelsea)
Of any Chelsea player to make more than five league appearances, the Frenchman boasts the best passing accuracy, with 89 per cent of his passes finding teammates. However the defensive side to Kante’s game is where he excels and as Chelsea’s top player for interceptions (49) and second best for tackles (33), the 25-year-old is delivering for his new club.
Attacking Midfielder (Eden Hazard, Chelsea)
Famed for his dribbling and close control, it’s no surprise to see that the Belgian has already completed 86 successful take-ons with a 77 per cent completion rate in the Premier League this season. Having scored nine goals, registered two assists and as the Blues’ most creative player, providing 39 goal scoring opportunities for teammates, Hazard is arguably better now than he was when he won Player of the Year two years ago.
Attacking Midfielder (Christian Eriksen, Tottenham)
Spurs’ most creative player this season, the Dane has created 52 chances for teammates, resulting in five assists. The five goals to accompany the five assists is testament to Eriksen’s ability to finish, while the 21 tackles he has won shows that he’s happy to put in a shift for the side when required.
Striker (Diego Costa, Chelsea)
Having been involved in 19 of Chelsea’s goals this season (14 goals, five assists), the Spaniard has stopped fighting and is now delivering. His shot accuracy of 62 per cent highlights why the 28-year-old has been so devastating in front of goal this year.
Striker (Harry Kane, Tottenham)
Ten goals and two assists from 14 appearances is what we’ve come to expect from the 23-year-old. A consistent producer in the final third, Kane is without doubt up there with the Premier League’s best forwards. A shot conversion rate of 24 per cent with an accuracy of 59 per cent is excellent considering the amount of chances that fall Kane’s way.
What do you think to this XI? Is there anyone you’d drop or bring in?