THE DATA DAY: WEST BROMWICH ALBION V CHELSEA
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Chelsea attempted 19 shots to West Brom's nine, and registered seven on target to the home side's five.
West Brom's defensive display is emphasised in their seven successful blocks, the same as we achieved against Spurs. Only Norwich, with nine, and Stoke with eight, have made more this season.
Daniel Sturridge attempted seven shots, more than any player in any other Chelsea league game this season. Four were on target.
Chelea's massive 65 per cent possession is our third highest of the season, after Norwich (68%) and Reading (72%), and the first time since Spurs we have had the majority of the ball in a Barclays Premier League game.
Our 90 per cent success rate with passing was our second highest of the season as West Brom sat back and absorbed the pressure. We completed 545 of 607 attempts. The difference here from Reading and Norwich, was that we were away from home.
There was success in the final third too, with 210 of 250 passes completed, yet only seven from a season-high 44 crosses found a Chelsea shirt. Eden Hazard completed 37 of 41 passes in the final third, showing his influence high up the pitch in the absence of Oscar and Juan Mata.
Playing centrally, Hazard created three chances for team-mates, more than anyone else, but his influence dropped following the introduction of Juan Mata and Oscar, when he was moved wider, on 63 minutes. He tried only nine passes on the attack, creating no chances. In the same time Mata and Oscar tried 20 each, creating three chances between them.
Our best passers were David Luiz and Ryan Bertrand, who misplaced just five of their 119 passes collectively. John Mikel Obi was our most frequent once again, failing with just six of 67. West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu, the holding midfielder, attempted 22 more passes than any of his team-mates, completing 53 of 58 - one fifth of all their successful passes.
In contrast, West Brom sent in seven crosses, found their man three times, and scored with two of them, highlighting a vulnerability Roberto Di Matteo pointed to in his post-match comments.
Chelsea were similarly wasteful at corners, with only three of 12 met by an away player, all of them either short or to the near post. West Brom failed to force a single corner.
Matchwinner Peter Odemwingie was equally effective on the back foot, winning all six of his attempted tackles.