Key Battle: McCormack vs Keogh

Two of the league’s most prolific attacking foreigners go head-to-head on Tuesday night. Ahead of City’s trip to Perth, we look at the key numbers between Ross McCormack and Andy Keogh.

Back in 2011, Ross McCormack praised the influence of his strike partner Andy Keogh at Leeds United. The former teammates now find themselves on the other side of the world and set to do battle, with both forwards determined to influence the result.

Since arriving at City, McCormack has developed into one of the league’s most damaging strikers. The Scotsman currently sits in outright second-place in the race for the league’s Golden Boot this season, with 10 goals in 13 appearances.

The clinical striker has produced 26 shots on target this season, going at just under 75% for shooting accuracy – an impressive figure.

In comparison, Keogh has netted three goals in 11 appearances. With the Irishman producing seven shots on target, and registering 50% for shooting accuracy.

Since his announcement as Glory’s new skipper at the beginning of the season, 31-year-old Keogh has grown into the role of leading his teammates.

The Glory captain has registered two assists and two successful crosses this season, which may be a reflection of his ability to drop into the midfield and create chances for his teammates.

In terms of key passes, the former teammates are hard to separate with Keogh edging out McCormack by two key passes (McCormack – 10, Keogh – 12).

Both players have won one penalty apiece this season, demonstrating their threat in the opposition’s half.

Alongside his ability to find the back of the net, McCormack’s strength over the ball is a clear standout. The 31-year-old has performed eight successful dribbles this season, compared to Keogh’s one.

The City forward also edges out his former teammate in passing accuracy (McCormack – 70.4, Keogh – 66.2) and fouls won (McCormack – 14, Keogh – 12).

Wether it is McCormack’s clinical finishing, or Keogh’s ability to pick out a teammate, there is no doubt that either one of these star forwards has the ability to win the game for their respective teams.

Bragging rights between the two former teammates will be on the line when City faces the Glory at nib Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off 10:00pm (AEDT).