THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V NEWCASTLE UNITED
After a cagey opening, two goals in quick succession put us firmly in the ascendancy during our 3-0 win over Newcastle, and we were good value for the victory, as shown by our statistical breakdown…
The Blues had 18 attempts on goal, eight of which were on target. Newcastle, meanwhile, registered 12 attempts, a higher number than many sides who visit Stamford Bridge. Six of those attempts were on target.
We also came out on top in terms of possession, with a 59 per cent share of the ball compared to the visitors' 41 per cent.
With Newcastle proving difficult to penetrate, particularly up until the opening goal, the Blues were forced to retain possession and adopt a patient approach, and the highest pass combination was between David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
Eden Hazard was undoubtedly the star of the show, scoring all three Chelsea goals. In total the Belgian had six attempts on goal, hitting the target with four. He also completed 36 of his attempted 44 passes, 19 of which came in the attacking third of the pitch.
Last season's corresponding fixture saw Hazard score his first Chelsea goal. On this occasion, he netted his first hat-trick for the club.
Willian was an influential figure once more, playing a role in the build-up to Hazard's second goal. In the attacking third, the Brazilian completed 14 of 17 passes but his defensive work was equally impressive, winning four tackles out of six.
Not content with looking for the simple pass, Matic also tried to influence the game in the opposition half, making 13 forward passes over the course of the 90 minutes.