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Crouch V Bendtner | A Stats Comparison

Well, this post was going to be analysing Stokes new left back or left winger or even perhaps new striker, however as Mr Pulis appears to be completely content with his current squad and made no new signings this window i thought it would be quite apt to to take a look at Stokes record signing in £10 million Peter Crouch and Sunderland’s season long loan signing from Arsenal Nicklas Bendtner.

As Bendtner is currently out with a broken face he probably won’t be in the line up for the Mackems trip to the Britannia this Saturday but I thought that as it was rumoured that Bendtner was apparently Stoke bound and Crouch was off to the North East before deadline day it would be interesting to see who had captured the better forward.

So, what do we have, similar appearances and minutes played however it’s the England International who’s bagged the most goals averaging a goal every 3 games, however Sunderland’s Danish dynamo seems to be getting more shots away with more on target, but with better shooting accuracy and over double the chance conversion I think its Crouch that wins this round.  Let’s take a look at the passing stats and see how the both measure up.


Now it gets interesting, Bendtner clearly is making more precise passes with 74% completion rate compared to Crouch’s 56% however Crouch does appear to be getting the ball forward more than his Danish rival.  It’s another point to Bendtner when it comes to beating his man and he is putting in a lot more crosses than Crouch, which for me is a bit of a strange one as i’m sure the Sunderland fans would much rather see Bendtner fighting to get on the end of crosses as opposed to putting the crosses in.  Saying that the Sunderland striker is also leading on the assist front with a tally of 4 to Crouch’s 2.

There is no doubt though that Strikers are bought in to find the back of the net which Crouch has done more times this term then Bendtner, it is a shame that the Dane is currently sidelined as Martin O’Neil appears to be getting the best out of everyone I could only see Bendtner’s stats improving with service from the likes of Larsson and an on fire Sessegnon, but on the bright side it’s one less thing for Huth and Shawcross to worry about this coming Saturday which if it’s anything like last season’s fixture which saw the Potters precise set piece play tear holes in Sunderland’s defence should have the Britannia rocking.

Score Prediction:-

Stoke 2 – Sunderland 1

Gary Darlington
Gary Darlington
Life Long Stoke fan, first game was against Hull in 92/93 season, we won 3-0, had the bug ever since, red and white through and through!!
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