Maynor Figeuroa is the Barclays Premier League’s top tackler, having attempted 49 tackles and won 86% of them
Figueroa has excelled at the back for Wigan this season. Totalling up a defenders contribution across tackles attempted, clearances made, blocks and interceptions Figueroa boasts the most impressive figures in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with 90 defensive contributions overall. This is the joint highest in the Barclays Premier League.
Ben Watson has continued his strong start to the season in protecting the back four by winning 78% of the 40 tackles he has gone in for this season
Watson has also made 30 interceptions, the third highest of any player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index
Combining tackles, blocks, interceptions and clearances, Watson has performed more defensive duties than any other midfielder in the Barclays Premier League
Figeuroa may share the pitch with Blackburn’s David Dunn on Saturday, who has attempted 21 tackles winning 71% of them. Having made seven appearance this give Dunn the best minutes per tackle rating of the league, discounting players who have attempted 20 tackles or less, with a tackle every 15 minutes 40 seconds
Blackburn continue to struggle in the Barclays Premier League, missing a host of chances against a sub par Chelsea team in their last outing
Yet striker Yakubu has one of the better chance conversion rates in the league, having hit the net with 23% of chances that have fallen to him this season