Virgil van Dijk vs Harry Maguire – Premier League – 2018/2019

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Virgil van Dijk


Harry Maguire

Position: Centre-back

Premier League – 2018/2019

Statistical Analysis

Date: 18.06.2019

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk

We all have favorite defenders. Either because they play in our favorite football team, because the way they play the game suits our eyes or because of what they have accomplished. Obviously, and Football being such a passionate sport, more often than not, football fans tend to be constantly against each other, trying to demonstrate that their favorite football player is the best and nobody can outplay him.

Football is a universal language, that can inspire discussion between people from all parts of the globe. The debate that can inspire an opinion from just about any football fan around the globe concerns the relative merits of Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire.

Virgil van Dijk vs Harry Maguire. The two fantastic defenders in Premier League, but who has performed better in 2018/19 season?

Therefore we have made an analysis of the statistics achieved by Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire 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

Virgil van Dijk played more games in 2018/19 season for his team than Harry Maguire did — 38 to 31.
Van Dijk played more minutes than Harry Maguire – 3385 to 2599.
Virgil van Dijk has recorded 1 tackle per match in Premier League, which is the same like Harry Maguire.
Vn Dijk has managed to get 5.2 clearances per match in Premier League, which is more than Harry Maguire’s 4.9 clearances per match.
Harry Maguire has 0.6 blocks per match in Premier League, compared to Virgil van Dijk’s 0.5.
Harry Maguire provided more Premier League interceptions, he has managed to get 1.2 interceptions per match, 0.1 more than Virgil van Dijk did.
In Premier League, Virgil van Dijk has 0.0 dribbled past per match, while Harry Maguire has 0.2 dribbled past per match.
Virgil van Dijk won more offsides in Premier League, he won 1.1 offsides per match, 0.3 more than Harry Maguire did.
In Premier League, Virgil van Dijk has 0.3 fouls per match, while Harry Maguire has 0.6 fouls per match.

Based on the analysis above, Virgil van Dijk is clearly the king of 4 defensive categories (clearances per match, dribbled past per match, fouls per match and offside won per match).

Harry Maguire is the king of 2 defensive categories (interceptions per match and blocks per match).

The final score is 4-2, with one tie.
In conclusion, with all the statistics, Virgil van Dijk seems like superior defender in Premier League.

Player Virgil van Dijk Harry Maguire
Status Winner Loser

Virgil van Dijk or Harry Maguire: Which defender would you want in your side?


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