By Adam Clark

In December last year Portsmouth visited Highbury and were comprehensively put to the sword by an Arsenal team that scored four before half time.

But while Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes and Thierry Henry were tearing into the visiting defenders at one end it was Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure stifling their attackers at the other.

On Saturday Messrs Campbell and Toure will go head to head for the first time since the former departed for the south-coast club in August.

We take a look at the statistics to see how the two players have performed this season in the absence of each other.

As you'd expect both have enjoyed success in terms of tackling. With 31 challenges Campbell has made 11 more than Toure, however the Arsenal man's success rate of 75 per cent is a five per cent increase on the Pompey defender's.

They have also made similar contributions in their other defensive duties. Campbell has made 13 interception and seven blocks while Toure has eight interceptions and 10 blocks. Furthermore they're level on clearances with 29 each.

Toure is marginally ahead of his former defensive partner when it comes to distribution though. So far the burly Ivorian has a 64 per cent success rate from 128 passes. Campbell on the other hand has found his intended target with 60 per cent of his 96 passes.

Both players would undoubtedly love to get the better of the other with a goal on Saturday. Toure has already found the net this season - in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool - but a strike for Campbell would see him open his account for his new club.

Interestingly, both players have managed three shots on target so far this campaign although Campbell has had fewer efforts on goal overall. The England international has put six attempts off target and seen another effort blocked while Toure has missed the mark on eight occasions, seen one effort blocked and another crash off the woodwork.

So the stats suggest both players are enjoying life without each other. Toure continues to shine week in, week out for Arsenal, while Portsmouth's rise to fourth in the Premiership has certainly been aided by the presence of Campbell.

Coincidently, while Campbell will be marking former team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor at one end, Toure will be also be dealing with a former team-mate in Nwankwo Kanu. It seems a decisive factor on Saturday could be who knows who the best.


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Head to Head Statistics Kolo Toure Sol Campbell Premiership Appearances 16 16 Minutes on pitch 1440 1440 Attacking Goals 1 0 Shots on target 3 3 Shots off target 8 6 Shots blocked 1 1 Offside 1 0 Supporting Assists 1 2 Passes made 128 96 Passes complete 82 58 Passes incomplete 46 38 Crosses successful 1 0 Crosses unsuccessful 0 1 Total dribbles 10 0 Dribbles successful 7 0 Dribbles unsuccessful 3 0 Defending Tackles made 20 31 Tackles won 15 22 Tackles lost 5 9 Interceptions 8 13 Blocked Shots 10 7 Clearances 29 29 Penalties Conceded 0 0 Own Goals 0 0 Discipline Fouls 13 12 Yellow Cards 4 1

NB: Statistics as at Friday, December 15, 2006.

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