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Key battle: Mooy v De Bruyne

Will Rickson (Sky Sports) 24 Nov 2017
Aaron Mooy and Kevin De Bruyne

Australian's duel with brilliant Belgian could help Huddersfield Town to a Manchester double, writes Sky Sports’ Will Rickson

Huddersfield Town will look to former Manchester City player Aaron Mooy when they bid to become the first team since August to stop the leaders from winning on Saturday, writes Sky Sports’ Will Rickson.

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Mooy will have his hands full trying to stifle the threat of the in-form Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian's recent form in the Premier League has been outstanding. Last season De Bruyne recorded a City record of 18 PL assists, and his tally of six this term is bettered only by team-mate David Silva.

De Bruyne PL rankings 2017/18
Attacking stats  Total PL rank
Goal involvement 9 6=
Assists 6 2=
Chances created 33 3
Set-piece chances created 16 1=
Passes in opp. half 655 2
Passes in final third 415 2
Touches 1,156 3

With De Bruyne and company in such magnificent form, it is easy to understand why Mooy made the permanent move to Huddersfield after helping them gain promotion to the PL for the first time while on loan.

Mooy is the only player from the Yorkshire side to have both scored and assisted goals in the Premier League, while his tally of 20 chances created is more than double that of any team-mate.

Not only has he made important attacking contributions, but Mooy is also the main Terrier when it comes to recovering possession. In fact, only two players have attempted more tackles across the competition this season.

Mooy's Huddersfield influence
Attacking stats  Total Team rank
Goals and assists 3 1
Chances created 20 1
Successful passes 539 1
Passes in opp. half 430 1
Touches 900 1

If De Bruyne is to be contained on Sunday and Huddersfield are to achieve an impressive Manchester double, that tenacious tackling from Mooy is likely to feature heavily in this key battle.

See: Which PL players have made the most tackles?

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