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Europa League stats dive: high achievers of Matchday 4

Who made the most saves, crosses, clearances, ball recoveries and completed passes this week?

Matchday 4 Trendsetters
Matchday 4 Trendsetters

UEFA.com has a treasure trove of statistics covering many aspects of play to enhance the UEFA Europa League.

In this piece, presented by Swissquote, we sift through the Matchday 4 data to pick out the stand-out displays.

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Most passes completed

107: Çağlar Söyüncü (Leicester)
101: André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)
95: Olivier Verdon (Ludogorets)
94: Daniel Amartey (Leicester)
94: Diego Demme (Napoli)

Highlights: Legia 1-4 Napoli
Highlights: Legia 1-4 Napoli

Leicester and Napoli are embroiled in a group where only three points separate top from bottom, making the abilities of Çağlar Söyüncü and Zambo Anguissa to keep play moving all the more vital.

Neither side has previously had a player on this list in a matchweek, and yet here they have two apiece. Amartey was also immensely influential as the Foxes earned a hard-earned point against Spartak Moskva, while anchor Demme played a key role in the Italian side's 4-1 win at Legia. Defender Verdon's passing accuracy of almost 89% was likewise impressive considering the pressure he faced as Ludogorets lost 4-2 at Braga.

Crosses completed

10: Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)
5: Josip Radošević (Brøndby)
4: Borna Barišić (Rangers)
3: 11 players

Highlights: Real Sociedad 1-1 Sturm
Highlights: Real Sociedad 1-1 Sturm

Only one player had completed more than six crosses in a matchweek before Januzaj helped Liga high-fliers Sociedad to dominate possession and remain unbeaten in the Europa League with a 1-1 draw at home to Sturm. Radošević's tally would also have made him the second-most successful cross supplier on Matchday 3, the midfielder playing a critical creative role as Brøndby claimed a point to boost their qualification hopes at home to Rangers, for whom Barišić features in the category for the third time in four matchweeks.

Balls recovered

13: David Affengruber (Sturm)
13: Olivier Verdon (Ludogorets)
12: Guido Rodríguez (Betis)
11: Andreas Maxsø (Brøndby)
11: Jonny Evans (Leicester)
11: Somália (Ferencváros)

Highlights: Leverkusen 4-0 Betis
Highlights: Leverkusen 4-0 Betis

In his first season with Sturm, 20-year-old Austria youth international Affengruber played a pivotal part in Sturm earning the first point of their Europa League campaign. As for Verdon, his tireless performance for Ludogorets means only Affengruber and one other player across the four matchweeks has matched his number of recoveries in one game, while midfield linchpin Rodríguez has the joint second-highest tally this season despite a tough night for Betis at Leverkusen.

With his side a point clear of third-placed Celtic ahead of a potentially decisive Matchday 6 encounter between the teams, the Argentinian international may need to repeat his heroics if the Spanish hopefuls are to reach the knockout stage.

Clearances

16: David Affengruber (Sturm)
13: Maximiliano Caufriez (Spartak Moskva)
11: Benoît Badiashile (Monaco)
9: Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva)
9: Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moskva)
8: Gregory Wüthrich (Sturm)

Highlights: Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moskva
Highlights: Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moskva

Sturm prodigy Affengruber is the first player to perform more than 11 clearances in a game this season, going five better in a statement of determination that will take some surpassing in the remaining two matchweeks. Spartak newcomer Caufriez also set a new high, as the right-back and his team-mates kept in touch with the qualification spots by holding Leicester. Monaco youngster Badiashile's stats show his considerable value to a Monaco team that stayed top of their group by keeping a clean sheet at home to PSV.

Most saves

7: Cezary Miszta (Legia)
7: Kristijan Kahlina (Ludogorets)
6: Jörg Siebenhandl (Sturm)
6: Rui Silva (Betis)
5: Florin Niță (Sparta Praha)
5: Lukas Hradecky (Leverkusen)
5: Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk)

Highlights: Genk 2-2 West Ham
Highlights: Genk 2-2 West Ham

Legia's second successive loss by a three-goal margin to Napoli does not quite tell the story of two encounters in which Miszta's goalkeeping was frequently outstanding. The top shot-stopper from Matchday 3 was the bane of the Serie A leaders again as the Polish side held the lead until the 51st minute in an eventual 4-1 defeat. Miszta and Sturm's Siebenhandl make the list for the second time in four matchweeks.

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