Key Battle: Good v Jakobsen


Melbourne City FC will be looking to build on Tuesday’s season opening win when it takes on Adelaide United on Sunday evening.

Both teams held clean sheets in their round 1 fixtures and will be looking to go another 90 minutes without conceding when the clock hits 6.05pm on Sunday.

In the heart of defence for City and United respectively will be Curtis Good and Michael Jakobsen, both with the number 22 on their backs.

32-year-old Jakobsen is the more experienced of the two having played over 100 A-League games along with 218 games in his home country Denmark’s top tier.

Good has now played 70 A-League games after debuting for the Club in the Melbourne Heart days before returning to City after a few years in the UK.

Both players started all 26 games they played last season with Jakobsen playing every game of United’s campaign while Good missed two.

City’s centre back had a higher tackling success rate at 73.5% compared to Jakobsen’s 65.6% but United’s enforcer did make 120 clearances compared to Good’s 109.

Jakobsen – United’s captain from last season, also had 10 more interceptions for the season and 40 total blocks while Good made 14.

The passing completion rates for the two players were eerily similar last season as Good was successful with 84.6% of his passes and Jakobsen completed 84.2% – a difference of just .4%.

Good averaged 71.4 passes per 90 minutes while Jakobsen made 63.3 passes per 90 minutes on average.

Both players found the back of the net once last season with a header following a set piece.

Jakobsen made 12 key passes – double what Good made, but the City defender did record an assist unlike his Adelaide rival.

Neither played was sent for an early shower last season but Jakobsen was shown a yellow card on five occasions while Good went into the referees book three times.


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