Nicolas Nkoulou vs Ervin Zukanovic – Serie A – 2017/2018

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Nicolas Nkoulou


Ervin Zukanovic


Position: Centre-back

Serie A – 2017/2018

Statistical Analysis

Date: 03.06.2018


Nicolas Nkoulou vs Ervin Zukanovic. The two fantastic defenders in Serie A, but who has performed better in 2017/18 season?

Therefore we have made an analysis of the statistics achieved by Nicolas Nkoulou and Ervin Zukanovic in seven defensive categories:

  • Tackles per match
  • Clearances per match
  • Blocks per match
  • Interceptions per match
  • Dribbled past per match
  • Offside won per match
  • Fouls per match


Nicolas Nkoulou played more games in 2017/18 season for his team than Ervin Zukanovic did — 37 to 32.
Nkoulou played more minutes than Zukanovic – 3260 to 2791.
Ervin Zukanovic has recorded 1.6 tackles per match in Serie A (EFRating = 3.61), which is more than Nicolas Nkoulou’s 1.5 tackles per match (EFRating = 3.39).
Zukanovic has managed to get 5.1 clearances per match in Serie A (EFRating = 3.24), which is more than Nkoulou’s 4.2 clearances per match (EFRating = 2.67).
Ervin Zukanovic has 0.6 blocks per match in Serie A (EFRating = 4.20), same like Nicolas Nkoulou (EFRating = 4.20).
Nkoulou has managed to get 1.5 interceptions per match (EFRating = 4.09), same like Zukanovic did (EFRating = 4.09).
In Serie A, Nicolas Nkoulou has 0.3 dribbled past per match (EFRating = 1.67), while Ervin Zukanovic has 1.0 dribbled past per match (EFRating = 0.50).
Nkoulou won more offsides in Serie A, he won 0.9 offsides per match (EFRating = 4.09), 0.8 more than Ervin Zukanovic did (EFRating = 0.45).
In Serie A, Ervin Zukanovic has 0.9 fouls per match (EFRating = 1.11), while Nicolas Nkoulou has 1.2 fouls per match (EFRating = 0.83).

Based on the analysis above, Nicolas Nkoulou is clearly the king of 2 defensive categories (dribbled past per match and offside won per match).

Ervin Zukanovic is the king of 3 defensive categories (tackles per match, clearances per match and fouls per match).


In conclusion, with all the statistics, Nicolas Nkoulou seems like superior defender in Serie A.


Player Nicolas Nkoulou Ervin Zukanovic
EFRating 20.94 17.21


Nicolas Nkoulou
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