Bolton v City: Comparing the wide men

Here's a link to the preview I did over at EPL Index comparing the wide men for Bolton and City, specifically to look at the contrasting nature of the two sets of players: Bolton's the more traditional style of wide player, City's the more modern, 'inside out' style - more prone to drifting in, switching wings and joining forces with a lone striker.

I also looked at the head to head stats from both sides first games of the season:

  David Silva Adam Johnson Martin Petrov Chris Eagles
Shots 4 1 3 1
Passes 45/49 26/29 33/42 28/39
Passing % 92% 90% 79% 72%
Thorugh-balls 0/2  0/1 0/0 0/0
Crosses 0/2 1/5 2/4 1/1
Assists 0 0 0 1
Goals 1 0 0 0
Chances  4 5 4 0
Possession duels 4/10 4/9 1/3 7/13
Successful dribbles 2 3 0 3
Turnovers 2 0 3 2
Dispossed 2 2 1 2
 
There were a couple of interesting areas, showing that City's duo of David Silva and Adam Johnson were far more interchangeable and fluid than the Bolton pairing of Chris Eagles and Martin Petrov, reflected too in these Guardian Chalkboards:

 by Guardian Chalkboards  by Guardian Chalkboards

Do check the article out over at EPL Index.

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