2. Gabriel Martinelli vs Aaron Wan-Bissaka
A tough assignment for Martinelli to kick-start his campaign.
The Brazil star cut a peripheral figure in our opening two fixtures and proved very wasteful in the final third against Fulham, often overrunning byline dribbles or firing tame efforts into the gloves of Bernd Leno.
Even so, Martinelli has the quality to make a difference on Sunday and will not let past struggles weigh him down, but he is about to face one of the world’s best one-on-one defenders in Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
According to FBRef, Wan-Bissaka came out on top in 23 of 25 opposition attempts to dribble past him last season, while his rates of blocking (88th percentile) and interceptions (93rd percentile) per 90 rank among the very best across the top five European leagues.
Our man will have to work hard for every chance he gets, so a big performance is needed here.
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