Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory face off at McDonald Jones Stadium this week with the home side looking to get back to winning ways after losing their first match of the season against Sydney FC last week. On the other end of the spectrum Kevin Muscat’s men recorded their first win in eight matches beating Perth Glory away from home. While that makes for an interesting storyline there is a sub plot in this match: the battle between Dimitri Petratos and Leroy George. These two players have been two of the best so far in the 2017-18 season, but who is better?
Petratos has scored four of Newcastle’s goals this season from 15 shots. He also has two assists to go with those goals. Victory’s Dutch winger has scored three goals from 14 shots and has three assists. The former Sydney and Brisbane attacker has created the second most chances with 21, he only trails George who edges him out with 22.
Petratos has also had more involvements in the first seven matches touching the ball 425 times. He has passed the ball 201 times and has made 66 crosses which again is second most in the league behind one man. Leroy George has touched the ball 395 times, making 119 passes, and his 75 crosses is the highest in the league. Both these men have similar figures in most facets except George who has won 47 duels to Petratos’ 21.
George has won 22 fouls which is vastly superior to Petratos who has won three. However he has been ruled offside eight times compared to Petratos who has only been found offside once.
This is probably the most obvious category, Newcastle sit in second place on the ladder with four wins and two draws, while Victory are sixth after recording their maiden win of the 2017-18 season defeating Perth Glory 2-0 in their most recent encounter.
WINNER: Dimitri Petratos
The 25-year-old has taken the responsibility of Ronald Vargas’ injury with open arms and he will have to be up to the challenge now the competition’s leading goal scorer Roy O’Donovan is set to miss three to four weeks of action with a groin injury. This starts against a strong and experienced Victory defence.