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PMB: Chelsea v Crystal Palace - the numbers

Our build-up to this Saturday's match in south London continues with a selection of facts and statistics…


Chelsea in Numbers

Chelsea are looking to extend our club-record 13 successive home wins in all competitions. We have won 16 of our 17 league and cup matches at Stamford Bridge this season, losing just to Liverpool in September.

Antonio Conte’s side need 21 points from a possible 30 to become Premier League champions.

Chelsea have 69 points from 28 games this term, five more than at the same stage in 2014/15 when we went on to win the Premier League.

The Blues are 33 points better off compared with results against the equivalent opposition last season.

Conte’s side have scored the opening goal more times than any other Premier League team this season (22) and have yet to lose (19 wins, three draws).

Only Liverpool (61) have scored more Premier League goals this term than Chelsea (59).

No team has conceded fewer Premier League goals this season than Chelsea (21).

The Blues are the only team to have used all three substitutes in every Premier League match this season.

In the Premier League this season, Conte has used the fewest players (21) and made the fewest changes to the starting XI (26).

Past six games

Premier League scorers

Diego Costa 17, Hazard 11 (2 pens), Pedro 7, Willian 6, Alonso 4, Cahill 4, Fabregas 3, Moses 3, Batshuayi 1, David Luiz 1, Kante 1, own goal 1

Chelsea’s next three games 

League games since

A home win: 0

A home draw: 13

A home defeat: 10



Diego Costa’s next goal will be his 50th in the Premier League. His 49 goals to date have come in 80 games (1.63 matches per goal).

If selected, Diego Costa will make his 100th start in league and cup in a Chelsea shirt.





Major trophies

None, although they did win the Zenith Data Systems Cup in 1991.

The Eagles’ best season was in 1990/91 under Steve Coppell when they finished third to Champions Arsenal and runners-up Liverpool.

Sam Allardyce’s side are sixth in the Premier League form table (past six games) with an equal number of points as Man United (12), one fewer than Everton and Tottenham and two less than Chelsea and Man City.

The Eagles moved up to 16th, four points above the drop zone, after their last game against Watford.

Their 1-0 win against the Hornets was achieved without a single shot on target. They are only the fourth team since 2003/04 to achieve such a win.

Crystal Palace have won three consecutive Premier League games without conceding.

Palace have won 15 from a possible 42 points away from home this season. They have four wins at Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Bournemouth and West Brom, three draws with Everton, Hull and Watford and seven defeats to Tottenham, Leicester, Burnley, Swansea, Arsenal, West Ham and Stoke.

Head coach Sam Allardyce

Days in charge: 100

Played: 14

Won: 5

Drawn: 2

Lost: 7



Past six games

Premier League scorers

Benteke 9 (2 pens), McArthur 5, Zaha 5, Tomkins 3, Dann 3, Cabaye 2, Townsend 2, Wickham 2, own goals 2, Campbell 1, Ledley 1, Van Aanholt 1.

League games since

An away win: 0

An away draw: 5

An away defeat: 1


Last Premier League match 



Luka Milivojevic - Olympiacos

Jeffrey Schlupp - Leicester

Patrick van Aanholt - Sunderland

Mamadou Sakho - Liverpool (loan)


Jordon Mutch - Reading (loan)


Saturday brings Craig Pawson’s first Chelsea game in the Premier League this season. His only previous Blues game of 2016/17 was the League Cup defeat at West Ham in October. This is his third Chelsea-Palace match.


There are no suspensions. 

Visit again tomorrow for more of the Pre-Match Briefing