Bailly V Lovren. Two unexpected smash hit centre backs for two of the biggest clubs in the game. Both growing throughout their debut seasons into pillars of their sides. Bailly joined Manchester United from Villareal with a reputation among fans of La Liga. Playing at centre as well as right back, the Ivorian is till just 23 years old. He’s looking forward to a long successful future at the Old Trafford club. Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool from, you guessed it, Southampton. He previously played at Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb. At 27 he’s approaching his prime as a defender and has a few years experience on Bailly but the question remains. Who’s better?
Bailly V Lovren: Defence
Last season, Eric Bailly played 25 games for Manchester United. he won 14 of them. He kept 12 clean sheets and conceded 15 goals. He made an impressive 60 tackles with a success rate of 72%. 1 of those was a last man tackle. Dejan Lovren played 29 games in the league last season, winning 16. he kept 11 clean sheets and conceded 31 goals. he made 41 tackles with a success rate of 76%. 1 of those was a last man tackle also.
Lovren blocked 3 shots, made 45 interceptions and 182 clearances. 107 of those were with his head. None were off the line. Bailly blocked 2 shots and made 60 interceptions. He cleared 126 balls, 60 with his head. He didn’t make any clearances off the line either. The Ivorian did complete 172 recoveries and won 136 duels. He took 14 success 50/50 balls and won 37 aerial battles. The Croatian made 130 recoveries and won 164 duels. He only landed 1 successful 50/50 ball but took 103 aerial battles. He also committed 1 error which lead to a goal against Liverpool.
Bailly V Lovren: General Team Play
Both teams work hard both on and off the ball so how do these defenders contribute outside of their purely defensive duties?
Well, Lovren secured 1 assist last season. He made 2001 passes, making 69 per match. He didn’t create any clear cut chances but got in 7 crosses with a cross accuracy of 14%. he played 1 through ball but managed an impressive 140 accurate long balls. Bailly didn’t get any assists either but he played 876 passes, making about 35 per match. He managed 2 crosses all year both with a 0% accuracy. he didn’t play any through balls but got off 59 accurate long balls.
The Manchester United defender grabbed himself 4 yellow cards and 28 fouls. Dejan Lovren on the other hand, received 6 yellow cards and amassed 25 fouls and 1 offside.
Bailly V Lovren: Attack
Neither player is especially known for their attacking prowess but how do hey perform when called upon going forward? Eric Bailly didn’t score at all last year, but he hit the woodwork once. Lovren scored twice, once with his head once with his right foot. He also hot the woodwork once.
So there you have it. The stats never lie. Bailly V Lovren: who’s better? Vote and comment below and don’t forget to share the page among Manchester United and Liverpool fans to be sure your team’s opinion is counted!