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Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke top of one Premier League stats chart

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke top of one Premier League stats chart

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Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke (left) and Leicester City's Wes Morgan battle for the ball in the air during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Christian Benteke is top of one stats league this season – the amount of Premier League aerial duals won.

The Crystal Palace striker’s defending from set-pieces was criticised at the weekend, as his laid-back approach to marking his man was punished by Swansea as they won 5-4 in a remarkable game at the Liberty Stadium.

But Benteke is a clear leader in aerial duals won – with a percentage of 59 per cent. He has come out on top 108 times in 183 challenges.

Next nearest is Burnley’s Sam Vokes (103 won out of 208 for a 49.5 per cent record).

The data, courtesy of EA SPORTS, also shows that Andros Townsend has attempted the most crosses – 89 – and completed the second most – 17.

Former Eagles wideman Yannick Bolasie has the highest amount that have found their target, 19 from 78 crosses.

Former Tooting & Mitcham star Michail Antonio scrapes into the top-10. The West Ham man has 10 accurate crosses from 49 attempts.

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.

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Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.

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Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke top of one Premier League stats chart