Crystal Palace will be aiming for their first points of the season when they host Chelsea on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson’s side have lost all seven of their league matches so far in this campaign, and they have failed to score a single goal in any of their defeats.
Both sides have struggled defensively this season, Chelsea have only managed to keep clean sheets three times so far, whilst Palace have not yet had a single shutout. The two London clubs are both led at the back by experienced English central defenders Scott Dann and Gary Cahill for The Eagles and The Pensioners respectively.
Dann has been one of the strongest members of Palace’s under-performing squad in this campaign, whilst Cahill’s showings this term have left Chelsea fans divided in opinion over his ability. Chelsea have not won in the league in Cahill’s three starts this season, conceding four goals and picking up only one point in those matches.
Dann has featured in six of Palace’s league matches this term and his side have conceded 13 times when he’s played, an average of more than two goals conceded per game.
The sole reason why Cahill has played fewer times than Dann this campaign is due to receiving a straight red card against Burnley on the opening day of the season.
Despite their two teams’ contrasting starts to the season, how do Dann and Cahill’s individual statistics compare against one another?
The English duo have the same tackles per match average. Cahill has conceded less fouls per match and has not yet been dribbled past in the league. However, Dann has won more offsides per game, has blocked more than double the amount of shots per match, made twice as many clearances and has made more than five times the amount of interceptions per match compared to Cahill.
The two defenders may be playing at opposite ends of the English Premier League table, but Dann’s average league match rating of 6.65 is far superior to Cahill’s score of 6.37.
Who will come out on top when the two square off at Selhurst Park on Saturday?
By Jonty Colman