Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) vs Winston Reid (West Ham United)
6th February 2016

Saturday night football comes from St Mary’s Stadium this week as Southampton and West Ham United clash on the south coast (17:30), with both side’s bidding to qualify for European football next season.

The Saints, who have collected ten points from a possible 12 in their last four league outings, are reaping the benefits of summer signing Virgil van Dijk’s outstanding displays that saw him nominated for Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for January.

Meanwhile the visitors, who kicked off February with a solid 2-0 win over rock-bottom Aston Villa on Tuesday night, are delighted to have fellow centre-half Winston Reid back to full fitness and form after his respective hip and hamstring problems this campaign.

So with both star defenders set to go head-to-head tonight in Southampton, here is how Van Dijk and Reid match up so far this term…

Virgil van Dijk
  • Club:
    Southampton
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  • Position:
    Defender
  • Height:
    1.93m
  • Birth Date:
    July 8, 1991
  • Birth Place:
    Breda, Netherlands
  • Clubs:
    FC Groningen, Celtic, Southampton
  • International:
    Netherlands (3 caps, 0 goals)
what he says
“For a defender clean sheets are the most important thing, to keep the door shut and not concede any goals. We’ve been working on it a lot lately, but it’s also a big bonus that Fraser is back."
did you know
Van Dijk was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year during his successive seasons with Celtic (2013/14 and 2014/15).
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    20
  • Goals:
    2
  • Key passes:
    6
  • Pass accuracy:
    83%
  • Tackle success:
    60%
  • Aerial Duels Won:
    92
  • Clearances:
    144
  • Interceptions:
    56
Winston Reid
  • Club:
    West Ham
fact file
  • Position:
    Defender
  • Height:
    1.90m
  • Birth Date:
    July 3, 1988
  • Birth Place:
    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Clubs:
    Midtjylland, West Ham United
  • International:
    New Zealand (19 caps, 1 goal)
what he says
"I have spoken to the manager and he told me how the situation was. The defence has been doing really well since I have been out and I said to him that it is not a problem. When I am needed he can call upon me to play."
did you know
Reid received Danish citizenship in 2006 and subsequently represented Denmark at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level before stating he wanted to play for the senior New Zealand team in 2010.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    14
  • Goals:
    0
  • Key passes:
    1
  • Pass accuracy:
    81%
  • Tackle success:
    58%
  • Aerial Duels Won:
    36
  • Clearances:
    105
  • Interceptions:
    43
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