Melbourne City FC will be looking for a historic sixth-consecutive win when it hosts Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park this Friday night.
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Florin Berenguer has well and truly established himself in the City midfield so far this campaign, taking his game to new levels to help his side rocket back up the ladder following a slow start to the season.
James Troisi has also been a key cog in a Wanderers outfit that currently occupies second place, with the midfielder similarly influential in his side’s recent turnaround in form.
With each playing as the most advanced midfielder in their respective lineups, Berenguer and Troisi will be pivotal in determining the result of Friday night’s clash.
Berenguer has spent less time on the park than Troisi, playing nine games (628 minutes) compared to Troisi’s 12 (832 minutes), so it’s worth keeping this in mind throughout the comparison.
City’s Frenchman has made a solid start to the campaign in terms of his attacking contributions, scoring once and assisting twice, going at a goal contribution rate of 0.43 per 90 minutes, slightly less than Troisi’s 0.54 thanks to his two goals and three assists.
An absolute 🍑 of a ball by Flo was expertly finished by JMac for his third goal in as many games.
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Troisi’s dominance in the assist category stems from his massive 22 key passes, a metric which Berenguer is less prolific in, having made nine.
The pair are near-identical in their shooting stats, with both having recorded five shots on-target from their respective eight and nine overall, making Berenguer the more accurate in percentage terms.
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Similarly, both midfielders are nearly inseparable in regards to the number of passes played per 90 (44.9 vs 46), but Berenguer’s distribution ends up at a teammate’s feet more often, with a pass accuracy of 88.5% against Troisi’s 78.4%.
Insights can also be drawn from the pair’s long-passing statistics, with Troisi appearing to be the more prominent (34 attempted) and more accurate (55.9%) of the two, with Berenguer trailing behind with 20 long-passes attempted at an accuracy of 45%.