Head-to-head: Sterling v Barkley
- 04 January 2016 10:08
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
They are two of England's brightest young talents - but who is having the better season statistically?
Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley will go head-to-head on Wednesday evening when City take on Everton in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg.
Here are the facts and figures behind each player's season so far...
There's not much in it with both a regular fixture in their team. Sterling, who has made 27 appearances so far, has actually spent marginally less time on the pitch than Barkley who, with three appearances less, has clocked up 2061 minutes compared to Raheem's 1908.
For attacking midfielders, both have a respectable haul this season but Sterling is edging the battle with nine compared to Barkley's seven.
Minutes per goal:
Again, Sterling has been more potent with 212 minutes between his goals - roughly one goal ever 2.5 matches - whereas the Everton star is averaging 294.43 minutes per goal - approximately one goal every 3.25 matches.
Based on Opta's stats, just under half of Barkley's shots fail to find the target with an accuracy of 48.89% - Sterling has a substantial lead in this area with 68.89% of his efforts on target.
Shots to goal conversion rate:
Some 15.56 of Barkley's shots on target end up in the back of the net while 20% of Sterling's efforts result in a goal - one goal for every five shots in simpler terms.
Shots off target:
Sterling again comes out on top in this category with just 14 wayward efforts - Barkley has so far clocked up 23 efforts wide of the mark.
When it comes to creating for others, Barkley is currently ahead having made eight goals for his Everton team-mates while Raheem has five assists to his name to date.
The stats are for all competitions and if either can improve either their assists or goals ratio at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening, they may well have helped give their team a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in a fortnight.