Antonio vs Bolasie head-to-head: Which player outshines the other in key areas?

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West Ham United face Crystal Palace this weekend.

West Ham United host Premier League opponents Crystal Palace in a London derby this weekend.

The Hammers head in to the encounter as favourites to take all three points, considering the contrast in forms with Palace in particular struggling to replicate their early-season performances.

The Eagles haven’t won a league game since December, and their plummet down the table now leaves them just seven points clear of Sunderland and the bottom three.

West Ham, in contrast, are unbeaten in their last five games and now sit just one point shy of Manchester City in fourth spot as they look to qualify for next season’s edition of the Champions League.

The game at the Boleyn Ground has all the hallmarks of a classic London derby, and two players who could have a big say in the outcome are powerful wingers Yannick Bolasie and Michail Antonio.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Crosses per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Michail Antonio 6 2 2.06 0.67 1.61 0.39 4.72 18
Yannick Bolasie 4 2 2.35 0.9 2.9 0.9 3.25 20

As shown by the table provided by Opta, there isn’t much to choose between the two though it’s evident how Palace are a much more dangerous team with the DR Congo international in their starting eleven.

Bolasie was ruled out of action for much of Palace’s games in early 2015, coinciding with the club’s poor form.

He averages more shots, key passes, successful take-ons and accurate crosses per Premier League fixture than Antonio, and he will be treated as Palace’s most dangerous player at the weekend.

Antonio, on the other hand, has scored more and averages more ball recoveries than his upcoming opponent, while his biggest strength is arguably his knack of scoring key goals for the Hammers.

Both players have experienced decent campaigns from a personal perspective, but they will both be desperate to make an impact on Saturday to help their team achieve their collective goals.

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