Which key Foden vs Saka statistics will swing Sunday’s title showdown?

We have dived in to the key Foden vs Saka statistics as the two players go head-to-head when Manchester City host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners lead the league table, with City just one point behind them in third, in what could be a title decider.

Two outstanding players likely to be on show are Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka, who have both excelled this season, and are a hot topic of debate among fans on social media over which is better, especially with the Euros coming up in the summer, and the English duo both wanting to start in Gareth Southgate's XI.

Foden vs Saka statistics: Who comes out on top?

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Goals – Saka

Saka has scored 13 goals compared to Foden's 11 in the Premier League this season, and has done so in fewer appearances – 27 compared to Foden's 28. This means Saka averages around 0.48 goals per game, compared to Foden's 0.39.

Saka's expected goals (xG) is also higher, as he has been expected to score 12.08 goals in the league compared to Foden's 9.27, which also means he has converted more of his big chances in comparison to Foden, as his xG number is closest to his actual number of goals.

However, betting markets put Foden slightly ahead of Saka in terms of odds to score anytime in the game, likely because of City's home advantage and their recent positive record at the Etihad Stadium against the Gunners.

Foden is 3/1 to score anytime vs Arsenal, while Saka is 7/2 to score anytime vs Man City.

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Assists – Saka

Saka has also recorded more assists than Foden in the Premier League so far, with eight compared to Foden's seven. This means Saka averages around 0.3 assists per game compared to Foden's 0.25.

However, betting markets also have Foden slightly higher than Saka in terms of odds of getting an assist on Sunday, likely because of reasons mentioned earlier in the piece.

Foden is 4/1 to make over 0.5 assists vs Arsenal, while Saka is 9/2 to make over 0.5 assists vs Man City.

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Shots – Foden

Foden has recorded four more shots than Saka in the Premier League so far this season, with 85 compared to Saka's 81. This means Foden averages roughly 3.04 shots per game compared to Saka's 3.12, which is actually slightly higher.

Saka's xG/shot is also better at 0.15 compared to Foden's 0.11, which suggests the quality of his shots are generally better. Betting markets have Foden as slight favourite to take on more shots, as he has done up until this point.

Foden is 6/4 to have over 2.5 shots vs Arsenal, while Saka is 21/10 to have over 2.5 shots vs Man City.

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Passes – Foden

Foden has also recorded more passes than Saka in the Premier League so far this season, with 1325 in total compared to Saka's 1052. This works out as roughly 47.32 per game for Foden, compared to Saka's 37.57.

Foden's passing accuracy is also better, with an 88.6% success rate compared to Saka's 83.1%. However, Saka averages more key passes per game, with 2.5 compared to Foden's two.

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Discipline – Foden

Foden has received only one yellow card in the Premier League compared to Saka's three so far this season, while neither have received red cards. That means Foden averages around 0.04 cards per game compared to Saka's 0.12.

Saka also commits more fouls per game than Foden, 1.1 compared to 0.4. This is also true with tackles, as Saka makes 1.8 per game compared to Foden's 0.9. As such, betting markets rate Saka as more likely to be shown a card than Foden on Sunday.

Foden is 6/1 to be shown a card vs Arsenal, while Saka is 29/10 to be shown a card vs Man City.


Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.