Head To Head: Alex Wilkinson v Matt Jurman

Sydney FC face the Western Sydney Wanderers in the third #SydneyDerby for the 2019/20 Season at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday (kick off 7:30pm AEDT).

The Sky Blues will be out for revenge following two defeats to their rivals, with both previous matches being hard fought contests settled by a solitary goal.

With chances a plenty, it’s been a battle of the defences in our two most recent encounters, and you can expect another tight contest on the weekend.

Sky Blues’ Captain Alex Wilkinson and Wanderers’ defender Matthew Jurman will no doubt have a huge influence over Saturday’s result.

Let’s look at the ‘Tale of the Tape’ between the two defenders.  
 

4. Alex Wilkinson

 

6.Matthew Jurman

35

AGE

30

187cm

HEIGHT

190cm

Sydney

BORN

Wollongong

Defender

POSITION

Defender

Northern Spirit

Ryde City Gunners

Manly United

Central Coast Mariners

Jiangsu Sainty (loan)

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Melbourne City         

Sydney FC

FORMER CLUBS

AIS

Sydney Olympic

Sydney FC

Brisbane Roar

Sydney FC

Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Al-Ittihad

Western Sydney Wanderers     

538 (8 goals)

CLUB APPEARANCES

224 (5 goals)

16 (0 goals)

INT’L APPEARANCES

            8 (0 goals)

19 games played

63.3% tackle success rate (11 tackles)

68.6% duel success rate

62.3% aerial duel success rate

83 clearances

93% passing accuracy

1 assist

 

2019/20 A-LEAGUE STATS

18 games played

45% tackle success rate (20 tackles)

59% duel success rate

69.2% aerial duel success rate

82 clearances

80.4% passing accuracy

0 assists

 

With the Wanderers defence the more busy of the two this season, Jurman’s stats are slightly skewed, however it’s a close run affair between two of the league’s most solid defenders.

While making fewer tackles, Wilkinson leads the stats for tackle success rate and duel success rate, while Jurman’s height advantage sees his him lead the aerial duel statistics.

The Sky Blues’ Captain has made one more clearances than his Wanderers counterpart, while also dominating the passing statistics with a higher accuracy.

It’s sure to be another battle at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday, tune in to Fox Sports 505 or stream on the My Football Live App to back your Sky Blues.

 

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