Key Battle: Jamieson v Traore
The final Melbourne Derby of the 2020/21 season is set to take place this Sunday afternoon, although the spectacle will be slightly different with the fixture set to be played in front of an empty AAMI Park.
City’s skipper has been influential this season, the team’s best periods of form coinciding with the full-back’s presence on the pitch.
Traore is set to make his 10th appearance in the Melbourne Derby, making him a veteran of the fixture which has been heavily dominated by City in recent times.
The left-back duo have each featured for similar amounts of time for their sides, making 17 and 16 appearances respectively.
The more eager tackler of the two, Traore has won 30 of his 44 tackles attempted (68.2%), whilst Jamieson has a slightly lower win percentage having won 65.5% of his 29 attempted challenges.
City’s skipper tends to be far more involved aerially though, contesting 46 aerial duels overall, from which he’s been successful on 15 occasions. However, Traore again trumps Jamieson for success rate, winning nine of his 19.
Jamieson has his Victory counterpart covered in regards to blocks and clearances (5-2 and 29-28), but Traore narrowly edges the interceptions statistic, recording 30 to 27.
Both are fairly high-volume passers given the defensive positions they usually receive in, but Jamieson’s 63.5 passes per 90 dwarfs Traore’s 47.9, a testament to the City skipper’s involvement in his side’s build-up play. The pair are identical in regards to the accuracy of their passing at 84%.
Jamieson has played more key passes this season with 13 to 11, though it’s Traore who’s recorded more assists, with two to one.
We’re sure the City skipper will happily concede defeat in that department if it means he’s winning the goals race, and he most certainly is, famously finding the back of the net twice in three games to break a goal drought that had extended back to 2014. Traore is yet to score this season.
Each player has been sent off once in 2020/21, with the City and Victory counterparts currently sitting on three and four yellow cards each as we near the conclusion of the regular season.