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Albion’s Impressive Defensive Stats

By Kieran Cleeves • 03 May 2018

Mathew Ryan, Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have had a busy season in the heart of defence, which has led to impressive stats for the Brighton & Hove Albion trio - and here’s a look at how they’ve faired against the rest of the Premier League.

When it comes to defensive stats, Duffy finds himself at the top of four categories, as the Irishman continues to put his body on the line to protect both Albion’s goal and their Premier League status.

The 26-year-old has made the most headed clearances (219) - 74 ahead of Ahmed Hegazi, while also beating the West Bromwich Albion defender with the most clearances (299) - 44 more than Hegazi.

Duffy has also made the joint-most clearances off the line this season (3) - level with Republic of Ireland team-mates Declan Rice and Ciaran Clarke. Dunk sits just behind with two clearances.

Albion’s central defensive pair top the charts when it comes to most blocks - Duffy has 53 over the course of the season, while Dunk finds himself on 52.

Dunk has made the sixth most interceptions in the Premier League (63) - nine behind Crystal Palace midfielder and leader Yohan Cabaye.

Between the sticks, Ryan has made the fourth most saves in the Premier League this season (111) - one more than Manchester United’s David de Gea.

The Australian finds himself behind Jack Butland (135), Lukas Fabianski (123) and Jordan Pickford (116).

Ryan’s penalty saves against Stoke City and Everton put him level with four other goalkeepers that lead the way in that category - while the Australian has also made the third most high claims (36) behind Nick Pope (55) and Fabianski (42).

The 26-year-old has recorded the joint-eighth most clean sheets in the league, equaling the amount that Liverpool shot-stopper Loris Karius has achieved so far.

Finally, Dale Stephens has made the fourth most tackles across the Premier League this season (95), only finding himself behind Wilfred Ndidi (138), Idrissa Gueye (113) and N’Golo Kante (104).

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