THE DATA DAY - QPR V CHELSEA
In the latest instalment of our new feature examining the key numbers from the weekend's game, we note the influence of our two substitutes at Loftus Road.
Saturday's statistics also point to an even derby game against QPR…
For the second consecutive away game Chelsea had less possession than the opposition, with QPR enjoying 52.9% of the ball.
However when Chelsea did have the ball it was in more dangerous areas. We made 50% more passes in the attacking third of the field than QPR could manage, and over twice as many as we did at the DW Stadium, against Wigan, four weeks ago.
Both teams had 12 attempts on goal, although only seven of those were on target, while eight were blocked: a combination of stoic defending and poor finishing clearly playing its role in the goalless draw.
Both teams committed 18 fouls, and the match total of 36 was 10 more than in any other Barclays Premier League this weekend, pointing to a typically combative local derby.
Former Blue Jose Bosingwa and our own Fernando Torres attempted more dribbles than anyone else with six, but both players could only complete two of them.
Meanwhile Daniel Sturridge, despite only being on the pitch for 10 minutes, completed two of the three dribbles he attempted. Sturridge also completed all four of his passes in the final third.
Stats source: Opta