Telstra Player Head to Head: Le Fondre v Ball

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Sydney FC face the Wellington Phoenix on July 17th, in their first match back following the postponement of the Hyundai A-League due to COVID-19.

The Sky Blues will be out to ensure their record against the Kiwi’s remains unblemished in 2019/20, with a win and draw to Head Coach Steve Corica’s men already this term.

Key to securing the three points on the day with be the frontmen for both sides, Sky Blues’ Adam Le Fondre and his Phoenix counterpart David Ball.

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

9. Adam Le Fondre

 

9. David Ball

33

AGE

30

180cm

HEIGHT

183cm

Stockport, England

BORN

Whitefield, England

Striker

POSITION

Striker

Stockport County

Rochdale (loan)

Rochdale

Rotherham United

Reading

Cardiff City

Bolton Wanderers (loan)

Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)

Wigan Athletic (loan)

Bolton Wanderers (loan)           

Bolton Wanderers

Sydney FC

FORMER CLUBS

Manchester City

Swindon Town (loan)

Peterborough United

Rochdale (loan)

Rochdale (loan)

Fleetwood Town

Rotherham United

Bradford City (loan)

Wellington Phoenix

540 (210 goals)

CLUB APPEARANCES

340 (74 goals)

N/A

INT’L APPEARANCES

N/A

20 games played

17 goals scored

28 shots on target

32.1% conversion rate

26 key passes

1 assist

38.8% duel success rate

68.2% passing accuracy

 

2019/20 A-LEAGUE STATS

19 games played

6 goals scored

23 shots on target

15.4% conversion rate

16 key passes

4 assists

39.9% duel success rate

81.3% passing accuracy

 

 


With only a single game played splitting the pair, the stats show a stark contrast in the types of striker each side has at their disposal.

Le Fondre’s lethality in front of goal can’t be underestimated, with the Englishman scoring 17 goals from his 28 shots on target compared to Ball’s six goals from 23 shots on target.

Indeed, Le Fondre’s conversion rate is an enviable one at 32.1%, with the Sky Blues only one goal away from the top of the Golden Boot chart.

Holding the ball up with aplomb, David Ball boasts a higher number of assists and greater passing accuracy, while it’s Le Fondre who’s played more key passes is a show of his contribution to the Sky Blues’ attack.

It’s sure to be an entertaining encounter next month, with these strikers sure to play their part in deciding where the points will be returning to.