Ahead of West Ham’s upcoming derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur, we compare the two sides’ midfield ranks.

We take a look at West Ham’s most used central midfielders against Tottenham’s and compare their stats.

Using the Premier League’s official website, we will compare three central midfielders from each side.

West Ham’s Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble are up against Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Mousa Dembele.

Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Defending

Dier and Noble lead the way with tackles – both of them have made 13. Obiang (12), Dembele (11) and Rice (eight) put Winks’ one tackle to shame.

In terms of blocks, Rice’s tally of three puts him at the top. Dier, Dembele and Obiang have one apiece but Noble and Winks are yet to make a block.

Dier and Rice have made the joint most interceptions of these six players, with eight each.

Dembele trails them with five interceptions. But Noble, Obiang and Winks have only made one each.

Dier’s tally of 15 clearances is the highest here, with Rice’s 12 close behind.

Dembele and Obiang are tied on five each. But Noble (two) and Winks (one) are at the bottom of this list.

 

Passing

By far, Dier tops the list for most passes. The England international has 417 with Noble’s 329 in second place.

Dembele has made 261 passes, Rice has made 211 and Winks (189) is ahead of Obiang (130).

Dembele’s pass completion rate is the highest. He is just shy of 90%, while Rice (87.68) is second.

Noble is bottom with 85.11 per cent pass accuracy.

Attacking

Dier is the only player here to have scored a goal. He grabbed the winner against Cardiff City in the last game.

Noble and Obiang are the only two to have picked up assists this season. West Ham’s skipper has two, while Obiang’s only assist came against Everton.

Summary

Does Rice deserve a place in the England squad based on these stats?

Well, if the 19-year-old chooses England over the Republic of Ireland, there appears to be no reason why he shouldn’t get the nod ahead of Winks.

Dier’s stats are surprisingly good but West Ham’s midfield trio, especially Rice, match up quite well with Winks and Dembele.

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