Playing time – a priceless commodity
Two of the finest strikers in world football go toe to toe later in an intriguing UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash when PSG entertain Manchester City.
The evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimović continues to defy the ageing process and if anything looks better than ever. During the current domestic campaign Ibra is, amazingly, vastly superior to Sergio Agüero in a plethora of key areas as illustrated in this Oulala infographic.
The big Swede boasts some impressive stats, with his shot accuracy of 51% particularly eye-catching compared to the Argentine’s 39%.
Some will argue that Zlatan is plying his trade in a much inferior league and perhaps there is some justification in that thinking. However, if you are a regular visitor to Fantasy Football Portal you will know that the significance of playing time is one of the key fundamentals to picking successful line-ups. It’s not just about finding players that will be selected, but also, about choosing players that will be on the pitch for the longest time period. By playing as many minutes as possible they are able to keep their own personal fantasy football scoreboard ticking over.
There always seem to be fitness doubts surrounding Agüero, making him a tricky proposition for fantasy managers at the best of times and he is averaging just over 77 minutes per appearance this season. Ibrahimović, by comparison, is averaging over 81 minutes per game and although an extra4 minutes or so might not seem like much, it will allow for additional points to be accumulated in a number of games due to the extra shots on target and so on that occur during this window.
It promises to be a fascinating contest and don’t be too shocked if Sergio fails to complete the full 90 minutes!