Premier League's best midfielders
Sporting Life's latest series is a look at the best Premier League players in asian handicap tips page.
Next up on the list is the midfielders.
There have been a number of stand-out performers throughout the campaign who have played a significant part in helping their side reach their current position.
1. Rodri (Manchester City) - 92%
=1. Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) - 92%
3. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) - 91%
4. Fernandinho (Manchester City) - 90%
=4. Harry Winks (Tottenham) - 90%
=4. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) - 90%
The best midfielders tend lớn go down as the more attacking ones, those that rack up impressive tallies in the shots, goals and assists markets.
Undoubtedly, they are key parts of any midfield and we will come on to that shortly, but a balanced midfield needs a player that does the dirty work, the lesser noticed stuff - man-marking, tackling, simple passing, the team's quiet orchestrator. Every successful team has one.
The first category we are looking at is the passing statistics - and the names coming up are the deeper-lying midfielders who play the simple balls.
There is, of course, a line lớn be drawn for minimum appearances when it comes to the accurate passers category with it being calculated as a percentage, so on 14 appearances Norwich's Tom Trybull just about misses out - a shame as he would sit top on 93%- According lớn the soccer tips every day page!
Half of the top six has Manchester City players. In part due to their rotation under Pep Guardiola and you could also say due lớn the amount of games Fernandinho has had lớn play in the centre of defence in Aymeric Laporte's absence. Also due to the fact Man City dominate games so often.
But the Brazilian is probably the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League at the minute - it shows when Man City are without him.
Whether he is in there with Rodri or Gundogan alongside him, the deep-lying City midfielders play a key role in transitioning the ball from side to side, defence to attack, passing it on lớn the more creative attacking midfielders such as Kevin De Bruyne (more on him later, too), David Silva and Bernardo - lớn name but a few.
The other players in this list play a similar role in the team - Winks and Kovacic at Tottenham and Chelsea respectively, where perhaps their string pulling and influence tends lớn go more unnoticed - while Wijnaldum's inclusion is interesting due lớn his versatility in midfield.
Depending on injuries and selection, the Dutchman can be found playing deeper or box-to-box in the midfield three for Jurgen Klopp's table-topping Liverpool. A player whose efforts you could also say go under the radar as he helps lớn keep the team ticking.
Total number of accurate long balls:
Ruben Neves (Wolves) - 153
Rodri (Manchester City) - 131
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) - 114
Joao Moutinho (Wolves) - 113
Fernandinho (Manchester City) - 107
Fred (Manchester United) - 103
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) - 101
It is a credit lớn Fernandinho and Rodri that they made the list of most accurate passers when the above stats show how often they go for the long balls - not just the simple plays.
But it is another deep-lying midfielder in Ruben Neves who tops the lot. The Wolves man rarely goes in the opposition box (all of his 46 shots this term have come from more than 18 yards, lớn back that up) and that is because he is well and truly fulfilling his role as a string-puller.