Payet vs Barkley pre-match H2H: Which star player comes out on top?

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

West Ham United host Everton this weekend.

West Ham United take on Everton at Upton Park this weekend in an intriguing Premier League clash which will see playmakers Dimitri Payet and Ross Barkley go head to head.

Payet joined the Hammers from Marseille only last summer in a move which a number of French top-flight observers felt was a damning reflection on the wealth in Ligue 1 compared to the Premier League.

Still, Hammers fans certainly weren’t complaining and Payet joining the club was a clear signal of intent.

So far this season he has been utterly superb but on Saturday he faces another player making inroads during the opening of the current campaign – Everton’s Ross Barkley.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Dimitri Payet 5 3 2.18 4 67.64 33.91 5.55 11
Ross Barkley 3 3 2.91 1.91 75.18 44.82 5.18 11

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo have evidently contributed greatly in a number of key areas to their respective team’s positive start to the 2015/16 campaign.

Payet leads the way in terms of goals, netting five goals compared to Barkley’s three despite actually averaging less efforts on goal per Premier League encounter.

Moreover, the France international playmaker is undoubtedly more creative in the final third, averaging an impressive four chances created via key passes per match than his upcoming opponent.

Barkley, however, likes to come deep and instigate attacks through the middle which can be illustrated by his general involvement in terms of touches and accurate passes.

The England international has really taken his game to a new level this season, delighting boss Roberto Martinez and certainly adding pounds to what now must be a pretty hefty price-tag.

On Saturday, the game between West Ham and the Toffees could be separated by the abilities of these two players alone and they will no doubt be in the thick of the action from 3pm onwards.

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