Although Leicester vs. Manchester United this evening is a table-topping clash, the narrative of the winner heading into December at the top of the pile has been lost in the Jamie Vardy story. If you’ve been living under a rock this past few months, the 28-year-old forward has just equalled Ruud van Nisterooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches, which is some going. United’s defence are, however, the meanest bunch in the division – only nine conceded – so it’s entirely feasible that Vardy’s run will come to an end at the King Power Stadium, which would leave him as a joint record-breaker alongside the legendary Dutch striker.
Alas, if you take into consideration the teams the two players scored against, Van Nistelrooy remains top dog.
Vardy – 12th
Van Nistelrooy – 7.2nd
The above numbers show the average position of the teams the respective marksmen have grabbed their goals against, and, as you can clearly see, RVN did the business against a higher calibre of team. Vardy’s efforts came against Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Stoke, Arsenal, Norwich, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Watford and Newcastle, while Van Nisterooy found the net against Fulham, Liverpool, Newcastle (twice), Arsenal, Blackburn, Tottenham, Charlton, Everton and Bolton.
What needs to be considered though is that the latter scored his across two seasons, thus the table was slightly skewed during the latter stages, while Vardy has been scoring for a team with the likes of Danny Drinkwater behind him instead of Paul Scholes!
Aaaaaaaaand, the Foxes man can deliver a slap to the face (look below) to Van Nistelrooy if he bags an 11th in 11.
Still interesting stuff from Metro, though…