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Stats Don’t Lie: Christian Benteke vs Graziano Pelle

Statistics for both Christian Benteke and Graziano Pelle are analysed and compared in our weekly feature ‘Stats Don’t Lie’. 

At the moment it’s Benteke who is grabbing all the headlines with eight goals in his last six league games. Despite this recent upturn in form, one would have been forgiven for thinking that Pelle has in fact had a more successful campaign, such was his great start to his season.



Although Pelle is just ahead of Benteke in terms of goals scored in all competitions, with 13 compared to the Belgium international’s eleven, Benteke has a much more positive ratio of goals to games than the Italian in the league.

The Aston Villa frontman has made 24 league appearances, compared to Pelle’s 32. In those games Benteke has scored ten goals, while Pelle has only converted nine.

Pelle’s better-than-expected beginning to the season has tailed off in recent times. His goal against Hull City at the weekend was his first league goal in 15 games.

Due to Benteke’s recent resurgence and the fact he has scored more league goals, which is a more important competition for both clubs, he must be the winner here.

Winner: Christian Benteke



This is a pretty simple one, despite neither player having the most accurate shooting statistics. Benteke once again takes this accolade with a shot accuracy of 45%, as opposed to Pelle’s which is at 38%.

This stat may be slightly skewed by the fact that Pelle has, as mentioned already, played eight more games than his Premier League counterpart this season, but he still trumps the Italian by 7%.

Winner: Christian Benteke


Key Passes & Assists

Both players have averaged 1.1 key passes per game this season, while Benteke just slightly edges it in terms of his passing success rate. By 0.2% to be exact, with 65.6% as opposed to 65.4%.

There is no separating each player when it comes to assists either, with both strikers having two apiece for the season.

Just 0.2% of a difference means this one again goes to Benteke.

Winner: Christian Benteke


Value For Money

This is a tough one to call as Benteke is valued slightly higher at €12.3 million, according to Transfermrkt, while Pelle is currently valued at €11 million.

This really comes down to whoever has offered more value their team in all round footballing terms this season. Pelle, it could be argued, wins out here as he has featured more often and Southampton’s position in the table signifies his importance to the team.

Benteke was signed by Villa almost three years ago, and for almost three million less than Pelle. Does this justify the Belgium international being seen as better value? Possibly so.

We’re at the stage of the season now where managers will be looking at their squads to see where they can improve for next season. With this in mind, this writer would have to side with Benteke being more valuable.

He has proved his ability at this level over the last number of years, even with injuries hampering his campaign last season.

Pelle has yet to be seen over a number of seasons. This writer’s mind may be changed by this point next season but for now at least Benteke is better value.

Winner: Christian Benteke


Pelle and Benteke are similar in terms of the talent they bring to their side. When in form they give Southampton and Aston Villa a potent attacking option up front.

Benteke’s recent form, after having such a barren spell just shows the kind of season both players have had. It’s either all or nothing from these two strikers, but when it is all, they give their side’s a crucial edge.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

All stats for this article sourced from: Transfermrkt, WhoScored & Squawka

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