Everton's Ross Barkley and West Ham man Michail Antonio top charts in key area this week

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Michail Antonio and Ross Barkley were in fine form for their sides this week.

Everton’s Ross Barkley and West Ham United’s Michail Antonio topped the Premier League midfield charts for most successful take-ons completed this week.

The Hammers enjoyed a third win on the bounce, as they came back to beat Bournemouth 3-1 and move into fifth in the Premier League table.

Everton meanwhile had to put on a strong defensive showing at the Etihad, as they held off a number of Manchester City attacks to secure a 0-0 draw, with goalkeeper Tim Howard in fine form.

It was two of their attacking talents that impressed in both games though, as Barkley and Antonio managed to complete more take-ons than any other player in the Premier League in the midweek games.

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As per the table provided by Opta stats, the duo posted seven successful take-ons each, with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling their closest rival on six successful take-ons.

Antonio in particular will have been pleased with his performance, as he bids to prove he is worth a starting place in Slaven Bilic’s first team this season.

The former Nottingham Forest man has been impressive in recent weeks, as a number of injuries handed him his chance to prove his worth, after being left out earlier for the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses.

Hammers fans will be hoping he can dominate the stats in a similar manner in future as they seek a European place at the end of the season.

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