Everton will host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday as the two sides continue to slug it out for seventh in the Premier League.
The two sides will be coming into the game on the back of victories, as The Toffees managed to edge Huddersfield Town whilst the visitors were superb in their win against West Ham United.
Jordan Pickford and Rui Patricio have both played key roles in the two sides efforts this season and will likely have a huge hand in where their respective club finishes in the top-flight.
However, who has been better over the course of the season?
Pickford is halfway through his second campaign with Everton following his big-money move from Sunderland, rumoured to be around £25million with the possibility of edging closer to the £30m mark depending on clauses.
The 24-year-old has had a period of indifferent form this season though, following his impressive performances for England at the World Cup.
He has arguably been one of Everton’s best signings in recent memory and has certainly repaid the transfer fee paid for him, however, his performances have been erratic at times to say the least.
However, he did return to his best for Marco Silva’s side in the game against Huddersfield on Tuesday night as he managed to keep a clean sheet and help the club achieve three points after a testing time.
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Patricio joined from Sporting Lisbon in the summer after cancelling his contract with the club – although Wolves did have to compensate the club with a fee of £16.2m after some discussions.
However, the 30-year-old looks to have repaid Nuno Espirito Santo and the club every single penny back as they challenge for seventh place.
The experienced Portugal international ‘keeper has conceded just 31 times in his 24 Premier League appearances and has been vital to helping Wolves achieve some pretty spectacular results in their first season back in the top-flight.
The addition of Patricio was initially considered a coup for the club in the summer and he is certainly helping the Molineux outfit with their ambitious aims.
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Both goalkeepers are understandably important to their respective sides and have played crucial roles in their team’s current league position, but the Portuguese man wins this battle.
Patricio has plenty of experience that he can offer to the Wolves squad and they are clearly benefitting from having him in their side.
Pickford is still only a young man when it comes to playing football and has plenty of time ahead of him to further develop and improve, making him even more exciting.
However, when it comes down to the Premier League position and how each club is performing, Patricio has helped Wolves overachieve this season, whilst Pickford has been a bright star in an otherwise underachieving Everton side.
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