THE DATA DAY: WEST HAM UNITED V CHELSEA
An impressive display at Upton Park saw the Blues run out 3-0 winners and keep a ninth clean sheet of the season. It was a game which we controlled for long spells, as shown by our statistical analysis…
Of the two sides, we were the dominant attacking force, with Jose Mourinho's men producing 20 attempts on goal, eight of which were on target. By contrast, the Hammers registered eight efforts on goal, hitting the target only once.
Chelsea saw more of the ball over the course of the 90 minutes, enjoying a 55.2 per cent share of the possession, with a pass completion rate of 82 per cent.
Frank Lampard was once again an influential figure against his former club. The midfielder, given more license to get forward in a 4-3-3, had seven attempts on goal during the game and scored twice.
John Mikel Obi's presence in midfield undoubtedly played a key role in our ability to control the flow of the game, with the Nigerian, operating alongside Lampard and Ramires, completing 60 successful passes from 64 attempts, the highest of any Chelsea player.
Eden Hazard was a constant thorn in the Hammers' defence, and the Belgian created five chances for his team-mates, one of which was converted by Oscar. Hazard also played more passes in the final third than any other player with 20.
West Ham's Mark Noble made more ball recoveries than any other player with 16, while Ramires was our best performer in that area, the Brazilian making seven. Ball recoveries are when a player wins the ball back after it has gone loose or if the ball has been played directly to him.
Mourinho spoke in the post-match press conference of his delight with the performance of Oscar, but while the Brazilian's ability with the ball at his feet posed the home side plenty of problems, he won seven of his eight attempted tackles, the highest of any player.
With Sam Allardyce's side content to defend deep and in large numbers there was plenty of time for the Blues to play out from the back, with John Terry to Mikel the most successful pass combination over the course of the game.
There were 22 fouls committed during the game, although no player on either side received a yellow card.
It was the fourth time this season we've scored three or more goals away from home.