Tottenham 3-2 West Ham: How key men Eriksen and Payet compared

Christian Eriksen v Dimitri Payet: Head to Head: : 20161118

Tottenham Hotspur beat West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen looks dejected after a missed chance

Saturday afternoon saw arguably one of the games of the weekend as Tottenham Hotspur hosted West Ham United at White Hart Lane.

It proved to be a fascinating clash between the two sides as a late double from Harry Kane saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men leave with all three points.

Before the game, we compared two of the team's key players - attacking midfield pair Christian Eriksen and Dimitri Payet.

It was the Dane who came out on top in that comparison, winning in five of the eight areas we analysed. So who was the better player in the game? Here is what the stats say.

  MatchAccurate PassesSuccessful Final Third PassesKey PassesPassing AccuracyAssistsShotsShots on TargetGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Christian Eriksen Tottenham vs West Ham 40 16 1 69% 0 3 0 0 1 90
Dimitri Payet Tottenham vs West Ham 28 12 3 88% 0 1 0 0 1 85

It proved to be the Spurs man once more as he won in three key areas compared to two.

He was the better passer, posting more accurate efforts than Payet, with a score of 40 compared to 28.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet

Eriksen was also a better passer in the final third; posting more successful final third passes with a score of 16 compared to 12.

Payet, though, was more dangerous on the ball, posting more key passes - three compared to one - as well as enjoying a vastly superior overall passing accuracy. Neither managed an assist.

Eriksen posted more shots in total - three compared to one - but neither managed to get an effort on target or find the back of the net.

A win for Eriksen nonetheless and given his side ran out eventual winners, a good day for him overall.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen takes a freekick

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