THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V EVERTON

Posted on: Mon 20 May 2013

It was a final-day game with plenty of chances for both sides as Stamford Bridge witnessed an open encounter.

Rafael Benitez said after the match that he knew playing Fernando Torres up front with Demba Ba could mean a problem defensively, but he also knew Chelsea would create chances, and happily we were able to take two of ours with the Toffees netting from just one of theirs.

The statistics reflect that anticipated pattern to the match with Chelsea having 23 shots to Everton's 20. Both teams struck 10 of theirs in the first-half. Over the 90 minutes, six Chelsea efforts were on target to Everton's 7.

Seven of the home side's 32 attempts were from Ba with one on-target. Everton's Nikica Jelavic was only on the pitch for the last third of the game but given plenty of service, he had five shots with three on target.

Fernando Torres and Steven Naismith each scored with their only shot on target.

Our Player of the Year Juan Mata was more chance-maker than shooter on Sunday afternoon, creating four opportunities for team-mates, more than anybody else on the pitch. He had only two shots, both on target, but of course one brought his 20th goal of the season.

Benitez's belief that Everton would be able to test our defence is borne out by their 57 passes in the final third to Chelsea's 43. Overall the visitors completed 451 of 509 passes (89%) compared to Chelsea's 318 of 379 (84%).

When it came to taking on an opponent then Chelsea edged it with Torres and Branislav Ivanovic successful in beating their man on three occasions.

Ivanovic was high in the tackle rankings too - he plus Everton's Distin and Leighton Baines winning all five of their personal attempts. Everton won 21 of their 22 tackles and 12 of 20 aerial duels, showing we beat committed opposition in the final game.

Chelsea's top passer was Nathan Ake (pictured) who completed 42 of 50 in his first full match at the Bridge. Everton's Darron Gibson made 73 successful passes.

Stats by Opta.