Newcastle host West Ham in their final match of the season, desperately looking for three points to guarantee their status in the Premier League next year.

John Carver will have felt particularly disappointed to lose to QPR in Newcastle’s last game, as the team had more of the ball and also took more shots than their counterparts. Central to Newcastle’s attacking effort was midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who proved to be the creative spark in the Magpies’ offensive play. The EA Sports Player Performance Index demonstrates that he made a total of 28 offensive contributions (based on passes in the opposition half, shots on target, dribbles and crosses). This was more than any other player in the Newcastle squad.

At the opposite end of the pitch, Fabricio Coloccini was defending for his life to try and keep QPR at bay at any cost. The experienced Argentinean defender has established himself as a consistent performer in the top flight and he used all of this experience of his to great effect on Saturday, with the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index showing that he made a total of 20 defensive contributions (based on clearances, blocks, tackles won and interceptions). This was more than any other player in the Newcastle squad.

It’s credit to Jonas Gutierrez that he has managed to fight his way back into the Newcastle team, after spending time on the sidelines following being diagnosed with testicular cancer. One of the Argentinean’s key assets is his excellent dribbling ability, something that was on show against QPR as he completed six dribbles. This was the most in the Newcastle squad and the second most in the league.

A last minute goal from Romelu Lukaku condemned West Ham to defeat in their last game against Everton. Sam Allardyce will be hoping for a positive performance from his team, in what could be his last game in charge of the club.

One of West Ham’s key players since arriving at the Boleyn Ground last year, has been midfielder Alex Song. The Cameroonian has impressed both offensively and defensively in the centre of the park and his passing, in particular, on Saturday was a joy to behold. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that he completed a total of 40 passes in the opposition half, which was more than any of his teammates.

Winston Reid has been a big miss for the Hammers over recent weeks, as the New Zealander has been a key cog in West Ham’s defence over the last couple of years. He may have been on the losing side on Saturday, but the centre back showed his excellent defensive ability, winning all of the tackles that he attempted.

One of West Ham’s key weapons in their offensive armoury is midfielder Stewart Downing, with the former Liverpool man showcasing his creativity time and time again. On Saturday, Downing once again demonstrated his fine array of passing, as he completed a pass in the opposition half at an impressive rate of a pass every 3.2 minutes.