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The Data Day: Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Our statistical breakdown of Saturday’s game shows why the Blues were unfortunate to come away with nothing…

We had 24 shots to Crystal Palace’s eight. Eleven of ours hit the target in comparison to three of theirs. Diego Costa had nine efforts while Cesc Fabregas scored with one of his three.

According to Opta’s definition, we had four ‘big chances’, the most in any league game since the home win over Leicester in October.

Fabregas and N’Golo Kante both completed 71 passes. Eden Hazard (58) and Pedro (57) also ranked highly.

Fabregas created a game-high seven chances and he made more passes than anyone in the final third (52), too. He was involved in our top four passing combinations. Overall, we made 528 passes.

We had 73 per cent possession and 63 per cent of the territory. We won nine corners.

In terms of take-ons, the visitors’ Wilfried Zaha (five) and Christian Benteke (four) led the way. Benteke was also a threat in the air, winning 10 of his 13 attacking aerial duels.

In terms of ball recoveries and tackles, nobody in blue made more than Pedro who began the game at right wing-back. He also sent over a game-high 12 crosses.

Palace made eight blocks, 16 interceptions and 47 clearances as they clung on to their advantage.