THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY
The Blues came from behind to secure a third consecutive victory on Saturday and, although the scores were level until the 65th minute, we were worthy winners in the end, as shown by our statistical analysis…
We had 20 attempts on goal over the course of the game in comparison to the visitors' 13, with seven of our efforts on target.
Twelve of our 20 attempts came from outside the penalty area, with one of those, from Oscar, producing our third goal.
Cardiff scored with one of their three efforts on target. From their second attempt on goal Petr Cech, making his 300th Premier League appearance for the club, produced the save of the afternoon, turning a Peter Odemwingie header around the post to prevent us from falling 2-0 behind.
We dominated possession for large parts of the game, enjoying a 65.3 per cent share of the ball, with 87 per cent of our passes completed.
With two goals and an assist to his name, Eden Hazard was the standout performer. The Belgian scored with two of his three attempts and completed 21 successful passes in the attacking third, as well as 23 in the middle of the pitch. He also created five of our chances.
Ryan Bertrand, who was replaced by Fernando Torres in the second half, completed more passes than any other player in the attacking third, making 22 out of 23. Hazard and Frank Lampard came closely behind the left-back.
The introduction of Oscar midway through the second half certainly made a difference. As well as scoring his fifth goal of the season with a wonderful strike, he completed all five attempted passes in the opposition half as well as three out of three in our own.
Both sides failed to make the most of attacking situations from wide areas, with only five of our 22 crosses finding a Chelsea shirt, while Malky Mackay's side delivered four successful crosses from 23 atempts.
Cardiff's opener, scored by Jordan Mutch, was only the second goal we've conceded at home in the Premier League this season.
No team has scored more than one goal against us in a Premier League game this season.
The victory against Cardiff preserved our 100 per cent home record in the Premier League this campaign.