Head-to-Head

FA Cup Head-to-Head: Enner Valencia (West Ham United) vs Christian Benteke (Liverpool)
9th February 2016

Tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay represents an opportunity for both West Ham United and Liverpool to bounce back from disappointing results on Saturday in the Premier League.

The Hammers were unable to find a way past Fraser Forster and Southampton at the weekend, despite playing 40 minutes against ten-men. West Ham will be looking to Enner Valencia to fire them into the next round and move another step closer to lifting the FA Cup before vacating the old Boleyn Ground at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, the Reds will be looking to regain some confidence after conceding two late goals against a relegation battling Sunderland. Big summer signing Christian Benteke is likely to start and he will hope to prove his worth to manager Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool bid to reach two Wembley finals in the same campaign.

Both frontmen will be key to getting their team into the fifth-round, where the victors will visit Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park later this month. Here is how Valencia and Benteke match up so far this season…

Enner Valencia
  • Club:
    West Ham
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  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.74m
  • Birth Date:
    November 4, 1989
  • Birth Place:
    San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • Clubs:
    Emelec, Pachuca, West Ham United
  • International:
    Ecuador (22 caps, 13 goals)
what he says
“His quality has always been sky-high and not only goals, everything. His contribution, he’s great in the air, he’s got a great touch and he’s torturing the defences that have to play against him" - Slaven Bilic, West Ham boss.
did you know
Following his impressive form at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, West Ham splashed out £15m to sign Valencia, a joint club-record fee.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    12
  • Goals:
    4
  • Assists:
    2
  • Key passes:
    9
  • Shot accuracy:
    50%
  • Pass accuracy:
    76%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.33
  • Take ons:
    15
Christian Benteke
  • Club:
    Liverpool
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  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.91m
  • Birth Date:
    December 3, 1990
  • Birth Place:
    Kinshasa, Zaire
  • Clubs:
    Genk, Standard Liege, Kortrijk (loan), Mechelen (loan), Aston Villa, Liverpool
  • International:
    Belgium (25 caps, 7 goals)
what he says
“I scream at the TV or radio every time I hear somebody saying, ‘Liverpool just need a 20, 25 goal a season man’. They've already got one! He’s proven he can do it in this country" - Tim Sherwood, Benteke’s manager at former club, Aston Villa.
did you know
Benteke is actually an Arsenal fan!
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    21
  • Goals:
    6
  • Assists:
    2
  • Key passes:
    23
  • Shot accuracy:
    41%
  • Pass accuracy:
    66%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.29
  • Take ons:
    8
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