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Statistical head-to-head for matchday 30 in Serie A: Antonio Candreva vs. Matteo Politano

Using data provided in the stats section of our website, we compare the records of the two wingers from Sampdoria and Napoli

Friday, April 9, 2021

Statistical head-to-head for matchday 30 in Serie A: Antonio Candreva vs. Matteo Politano

Sampdoria vs. Napoli, a matchday 30 clash in Serie A will take place on Sunday afternoon at 15:00 CET at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. The two teams are separated by twenty points in the table, with Ranieri’s team sitting in tenth place on 36 points, while Gattuso's Neapolitans are fifth, on 56.

The statistical head-to-head for matchday 30 (made possible by the stats section on our website, Figc.it) pits Antonio Candreva against Matteo Politano.

The former Sassuolo player has been deployed on two occasions more than his opponent (28 vs 26), with an average playing time of 50.21 minutes per game, compared to 70.73 minutes for the blucerchiato, who, not surprisingly, has started more often in matches this season (21 vs 16). Both are substituted often (12 times each).

Let's start by looking at the two players’ offensive output. From a purely goalscoring point of view, Politano has the better record: Three more goals (8 vs 5) and a shooting accuracy of 57.7%, compared to 50% for his opponent. However, Candreva takes the upper hand when it comes to successful crosses (19 vs 6), as well assists provided (6 vs 4) and goal chances created (32 vs 25).

A feature that unites them both is their ability in one-on-ones: The Neapolitan has completed 27 successful dribbles, while his compatriot has completed 25.

On a defensive level, Candreva boasts a higher number of duels won (14 vs 10), but has fewer interceptions (7 vs 9). The pair are on level pegging when it comes to defensive blocks (13 vs 12 in favour of the Sampdoria man).

In terms of team play the 34-year-old former Lazio player has a higher number of completed passes (638 vs 452), but it is the player who rose through the ranks at Roma who has the greater passing percentage, both in general (81.1% vs 73.3%) and in the opposition half (70.8% vs 57.1%).

It is worth noting that the Sampdorian is often caught offside: Nine times in total, compared to zero for his rival this weekend.

Finally, on a disciplinary level, both players have committed 11 fouls each, while Politano has been fouled more often (35 vs 23). Candreva has received one fewer yellow card (1 vs 2) and neither player has been sent off.