Newcastle play Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League at St James’ Park tomorrow, as the Magpies look to build on their 4th position in the table. Here are the all important stats:
Newcastle are a more mobile side:
The Blackburn Rovers players covered a total of 118,885m (73.87miles) during their 4-3 win at Ewood Park last weekend. This was 7,137m further than the Arsenal players covered during the game. During their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last weekend, the Newcastle United players covered a total of 123,397m (76.68miles) during the game.
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye was the player, across both sides, to cover the most ground (12,888m / 8.01miles) during the game. Steven Nzonzi was the Blackburn Rovers player to cover the most ground (11,376m / 7.07miles) during the game. Only Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta covered more distance (11,721m / 7.28miles), across both sides, during the game.
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The man to watch:
On the back of his brace against Arsenal last week, Rovers striker Yakubu was the player to rise the most places on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index this week. The Nigerian striker climbed a massive 334 places to sit in 107th place on the Index currently.
Newcastle’s man in form:
Steven Taylor is currently the highest ranked Newcastle United player on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Taylor is in 19th place, just above teammate Leon Best in 20th place. Taylor has played 486minutes of Barclays Premier League football for Newcastle this season, winning every one of the eight tackles he has entered in to this season. Taylor’s contribution to his side has seen him make 11 clearances and eight interceptions already this season.
Can Newcastle get the job done against Blackburn?
Yes, I predict a 2-0 victory for the Magpies!
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League.