Stat Attack: Norwich City v Manchester City

Sebastien Bassong is one of only four Premier League defenders to have scored three or more goals this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Sebastien Bassong is one of only four Premier League defenders to have scored three or more goals this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Friday, December 28, 2012
12:03 PM

Sebastien Bassong, who so nearly scored a late equaliser for Norwich City against Chelsea on Boxing Day, is their second highest ranked player in the EA Sports Player Performance Index, rated 59th overall.

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Bassong, behind only Robert Snodgrass of his Norwich team-mates, is one of only four Premier League defenders to have scored three or more goals this season.

Bassong has needed just nine efforts for his three goals. Those defenders who have outscored him with four goals, Patrice Evra and Branislav Ivanovic, have needed 13 and 14 efforts, respectively.

Bassong has also made the second highest number of clearances in the league with 45, though it will take a huge effort to overtake top performer Jonas Olsson, of West Bromwich Albion, who has made 65.

Manchester City will be looking to bounce back after falling further behind league leaders Manchester United with a surprise 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on Boxing Day, with top scorers Carlos Tevez (7) and Sergio Aguero (6) having scored just one goal each in the last seven games.

Tevez is now averaging 8.43 shots per goal and Aguero 7.17 shots per goal, a rate bettered by Norwich striker Grant Holt, who averages a goal every 6.75 shots. In comparison, the league’s top scorer Michu averages a goal every 4.15 shots this season.

Yaya Toure remains the centre of the Blues’ best play, and preventing him from dictating the midfield will be key to Norwich getting a positive result. In the game against Reading he completed 73 passes in his opponents’ half, the third highest total by a player in a single game this season, taking his total to 818 passes completed.

7 comments

  • Turf the stats. Let`s just BEAT the Mancs!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Hermaphrodite.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • DocOhNo

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • and the lesson is ... Grant Holt needs to be put into more shooting opportunities... We need less midfield protection for our defence and another striker on the pitch...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • The most important stat! Man City are good, we aren't. OTBC Ged Steroo - Norwich's Number 1 Fan and Pinkun Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • and the lesson is... get Grant Holt into more shooting opportunities ... one less midfielder protecting our defence and one more striker on the pitch, please...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • The Stooge\Snott amalgam, I mean!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

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