Square Numbers

In the first of a new feature ahead of our game with Crystal Palace, we look back at some of the noteworthy statistics from last season’s memorable corresponding fixture…

That was the sunny May afternoon when a 1-0 win put us out of reach of our title rivals. Eden Hazard scored the only goal that afternoon, and the facts show his team-mate Cesc Fabregas had a key role in getting us on the front foot against a resolute Palace side…

- Indeed, no player made more successful passes in the opposition half than Fabregas (56), closely followed by Willian (53) and Hazard (51). While it is often defenders that rank highly with forward passes, Fabregas’s 40 that day was by some distance the highest figure recorded.

- The Spaniard also had 116 touches of the ball, 25 more than his midfield partner Nemanja Matic. Willian (88), Hazard (83) and Cesar Azpilicueta (68) also touched the ball more any Palace player, with the defender’s high ranking in that department showing how much of our play came down the left that day. It was the area of the pitch from which the decisive penalty was won.