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Stoke City (A) Wed 4 Mar 2015, 19:45, Barclays Premier League

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Ahead of Tuesday's clash with Manchester City, we decided to compare two of the Premier League’s top left-backs as we continue our new feature, Head-to-Head.

Leighton Baines and Gael Clichy have been among the top performing full-backs in English football for many years now. David Moyes plucked Baines from Wigan in 2007 after a series of impressive campaigns for the Latics, while Clichy's consistent form at Arsenal prompted Roberto Mancini to add him to City's star-studded side last summer.

Using our new stats tool, we can see how the duo match up across league and domestic cup fixtures this season.

Our man Baines boasts a visibly greater attacking threat. He has whipped in 85 crosses compared to Clichy's 31 and claims one assist so far this season. In addition, he has netted four penalties next to his French counterpart's absence of goals and assists.

Furthermore, Baines has been in position to have 21 shots at goal, whereas Clichy has only managed four.

Of course, the two are employed primarily as defenders. In some aspects of this side of the game, Clichy comes out on top with marginally better stats. He has put in 10 blocks and 19 clearances compared to Baines' eight in both categories.

Clichy has a better disciplinary record too, having only been cautioned three times. Our England international Baines has been shown the yellow card on four occasions.

As well as committing more fouls, 27-year old Baines has also won more free kicks than former Gunner Clichy. The Toffees left-back is also shown to be a popular nominee for set pieces, taking 56 corners and 84 free kicks to Clichy's zero and 17 respectively.

See the stats for yourself here, and remember you can compare any Everton player to any other in the Premier League. Have a go and tell us what interesting comparisons you can find.

*Stats provided by the Press Association.

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