Hazard’s favourite hunting ground

Eden Hazard clearly enjoys Chelsea’s trips to Bournemouth after he scored on his third consecutive Premier League visit to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The Belgian was at his brilliant best against the Cherries and he capped an excellent performance by firing past former Blues team-mate Asmir Begovic for the only goal of the game after 51 minutes.

It was Hazard’s first Premier League goal of the season and his 75th for the Blues, which puts him just one behind Dennis Wise, who is 17th on Chelsea’s list of all-time top scorers.

Of his 75 goals, 46 have been scored at Stamford Bridge while the Vitality Stadium has been Hazard’s favourite away ground with four goals coming there.

Two seasons ago, he broke a long goal drought in the Premier League by netting a brace against Bournemouth in a 4-1 win for the Blues while our visit there last April saw him netting our second goal in a 3-1 victory which put us within sight of the Premier League title.

It is the only away ground where he has scored more than twice in the Premier League although he has found the net against Liverpool at Anfield on three occasions, netting in league matches in April 2013 and May 2016 and converting an important penalty in a 1-1 draw in a League Cup semi-final in January 2015.

Hazard has also scored twice on league visits to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Hull City’s KC Stadium and Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium and he also bagged two in away games against West Ham United with one coming at the Boelyn Ground in 2015 and the other at the London Stadium this past March.

His other Premier League away goals have come at West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Manchester City. And while he has not managed a league goal at Old Trafford so far, he did make his mark there with a brilliant curler against the Red Devils in a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup in March 2013.

Hazard's Premier League away goals

Opponents Venue Date

West Brom

The Hawthorns

17 Nov 2012

Stoke City

Britannia Stadium

12 Nov 2013

Liverpool

Anfield

21 Apr 2013

11 May 2016

Norwich

Carrow Road

6 Oct 2013

Sunderland

Stadium of Light

4 Dec 2013 (2)

Hull City

KC Stadium

11 Jan 2014

22 Mar 2015

Southampton

St Mary's Stadium

28 Dec 2014

30 Oct 2016

Tottenham

White Hart Lane

1 Jan 2015

Aston Villa

Villa Park

7 Feb 2015

West Ham

Boleyn Ground

London Stadium

4 Mar 2014

6 Mar 2017

Bournemouth

Vitality Stadium

23 Apr 2016 (2)

8 Apr 2017

28 Oct 2017

Man City

Etihad Stadium

3 Dec 2016