Telstra Player Head To Head: Wilkinson v Taylor

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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 central defenders for both sides, Sky Blues’ Captain Alex Wilkinson and his Phoenix counterpart Steven Taylor.

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

4. Alex Wilkinson

 

27. Steven Taylor

35

AGE

34

187cm

HEIGHT

186cm

Sydney, Australia

BORN

Greenwich, United Kingdom

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

Newcastle United

Wycombe Wanderers (loan)

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers 2 (loan)

Ipswich Town

Peterborough United

Wellington Phoenix

458 (7 goals)

CLUB APPEARANCES

321 (21 goals)

16 (0 goals)

INT’L APPEARANCES

N/A

20 games played

63.6% tackle success rate

66.2% duel success rate

60.7% aerial duel success rate

14 interceptions

93% passing accuracy

 

2019/20 A-LEAGUE STATS

20 games played

50% tackle success rate

53.4% duel success rate

56.1% aerial duel success rate

16 interceptions

92% passing accuracy

 

 

 

Across the defensive stats it’s Sky Blues’ Captain Alex Wilkinson who leads the way.

Wilkinson’s imposing presence at the heart of the Sky Blues’ defence is evident, with the former Socceroo boasting a stronger tackle success rate, duel and aerial due success rate over his Wellington counterpart.

While Taylor slightly edges Wilkinson in the interceptions department, it’s the Sky Blue number four who just shades the Englishman with a higher passing accuracy.

With both central defenders proving hard to breakdown, it’s sure to make Friday night’s encounter a true footballing spectacle.