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1.2 key passes per game vs 5 assists: The key battle that could decide Sheffield Wed v Sheffield Utd tonight



All eyes will be on the Steel City derby tonight in what is a massive game for both Sheffield clubs.

Chris Wilder’s Blades will be making the short trip to Hillsborough knowing they need to win to move back into the top two, whereas the Owls could go to within four points of the play-offs with a victory themselves.

Therefore, this game has extra significance and with Wednesday thriving under Steve Bruce, they will provide their high-flying rivals with a real stern test.

So, fine margins could decide the outcome of this game and the midfield battle will be particularly intriguing.

Many fans will believe that whoever comes out on top between Barry Bannan and John Fleck will have a big say on the result and you can understand why.

As our image shows, they are both hugely influential players for their respective clubs and similar in many ways, as they’re both left-footed, creative and look to control the tempo.

Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Bannan who comes out on top in the categories we look at, producing more goals and assists and having more passes and a better success rate.

Most importantly, he also makes 1 key pass a game more than Fleck, which proves how he looks to be decisive and isn’t just safe when in possession.

The stats also shows how reliant Bruce’s men are on Bannan, whereas Wilder has Ollie Norwood alongside Fleck who has similar qualities too.

Either way, the two Scotsman are undoubtedly two of the better midfielders in the league and they will be key to their sides chances tonight.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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