Head To Head: Milos Ninkovic v Pirmin Schwegler

Sydney FC host their only home #SydneyDerby of the 2019/20 season on Saturday afternoon as the cross-town rivalry comes to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Midfielders Milos Ninkovic and Pirmin Schwegler are instrumental to each side, and will no doubt play a hand in deciding where the three points return to post-match.

Serbian international, and 2016/17 Johnny Warren Medal winner, Milos Ninkovic continues to be at the forefront of everything the Sky Blues do, helping Head Coach Steve Corica’s side to a 13 point lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder.

Schwegler is receiving his first taste of Hyundai A-League football this season, and has started every game he’s played in, with the Wanderers languishing four points outside the top six.

The Sky Blues are in form, remaining undefeated in their previous 13 Hyundai A-League games (including Finals Series) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, and will be confident of another result at their fortress.  

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

 

10. Milos Ninkovic

 

19.Pirmin Schwegler

35

AGE

32

180cm

HEIGHT

178cm

Belgrade, Serbia

BORN

Ettiswil, Switzerland

Midfielder

POSITION

Midfielder

Čukarički

Dynamo Kyiv

Évian (loan)

Red Star Belgrade

Évian

Évian II

Sydney FC

FORMER CLUBS

FC Luzern

Young Boys

Bayer Leverkusen

Eintracht Frankfurt

1899 Hoffenheim

Western Sydney Wanderers

433 (59 goals)

CLUB APPEARANCES

375 (11 goals)

28 (0 goals)

INT’L APPEARANCES

14 (0 goals)

13 games played

3 goals

2 assists

8 shots on target

23.1% conversion rate (13 shots)

17 key passes

86.9% pass accuracy

48.2% duel success rate

 

2019/20 A-LEAGUE STATS

14 games played

0 goals

1 assist

2 shots on target

0% conversion rate (7 shots)

15 key passes

80.1% pass accuracy

56.5% duel success rate

 

While the stats are close between the two foreign midfielders, Ninkovic’s deployment in an advanced role sees his goal and assist contributions outweigh the Swiss’ impact on the Wanderers side.

Ninkovic also leads the pair for key passes made and just nudges the Swiss for passing accuracy, while the more defensive minded Schwegler comes out on top in duels won.

Sydney FC are back in action this Saturday 8th February in the #SydneyDerby at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 5pm AEDT) brought to you by McDonalds.

Tickets are selling fast for the biggest clash at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium this season, get there to back your Sky Blues by purchasing tickets here.