West Ham host Tottenham Hotspur at The London Stadium this weekend in a crunch derby clash.
Spurs will be eyeing bragging rights as they travel from North to East London, while West Ham want to get back to winning ways.
In this game, all eyes will be on West Ham and Tottenham’s respective midfield magicians.
Felipe Anderson has been impressive since joining the Hammers from Lazio in the summer. But how will he compare with Spurs superstar Christian Eriksen?
Eriksen has been declared fit to face West Ham on Saturday and he will be a deadly threat all game.
Here, we look at the stats – sourced from the Premier League website – and judge who has had the better start to the season.
Anderson has scored one goal this season – a delightful flick against Manchester United. Meanwhile, Eriksen is yet to get off the mark.
But the Denmark international has picked up two assists, compared to Anderson’s one assist.
Anderson has made more passes than Eriksen. His 357 passes to Eriksen’s 346 reflects the fact that the West Ham winger has played two more games.
The Spurs man has a better pass completion rate, at 83.53 per cent to Anderson’s 77.59 per cent.
Anderson outshines Eriksen by far in this department, probably because West Ham’s attacking midfielders are expected to do more tracking back.
The Brazilian’s stats of 27 tackles, 11 interceptions, four clearances and five aerial battles won eclipse Eriksen’s tally of eight tackles, five interceptions, one clearance and three successful aerial duels.
Anderson is holding his own against Eriksen here. Despite Eriksen getting much more praise, he has contributed to the same number of goals as Anderson and only narrowly edges him on passing stats.
But rather than these stats disparaging Eriksen, they are instead an indication that West Ham have a gem in Anderson.