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Six assists apiece: The midfielders that will be crucial in Aston Villa v Sheffield United tonight

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Aston Villa take on Sheffield United on Friday evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with both sides hoping to get a positive result out of this one.  

Villa need an all-important three points to fire themselves back into play-off contention, whilst the Blades will be eager to keep up the pressure on Norwich at the top of the Championship table.

There are a number of key battles all over the pitch that will be crucial as to who comes out on top in this game, but what one battle catches the eye more than most.

John McGinn and Oliver Norwood have both been hugely impressive for both sides this season, and the pair will face off at Villa Park this evening.

We look at how the two compare in terms of statistics in this year’s league campaign in our FLW Duels.

Both players have a huge role to play in both sides, and have two goals and six assists each to their name this season.

But it’s Norwood that edges it with passes per game, with almost 72 each game, compared to McGinn’s 59.

The Sheffield United midfielder is one of the best midfielders on the ball by some distance, and with a pass success rate of 83%, it’s clear to see why.

McGinn has a pass success rate of 83.9% which is impressive, although he has made less passes per game for Aston Villa this season.

So, there is little splitting the two midfielders in terms of statistics, but the pair are likely to play a crucial role for their respective teams going forward this season.

It’s sure to be a fiery encounter between the two midfielders, as they look to play a crucial role in finding an all-important three points for their side.

A win for either side could decide which direction Villa and Sheffield United’s season goes in, so it’s a huge game for Smith and Wilder this evening.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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