The Data Day: Positive Pedro

Following yesterday’s 2-0 win over Fulham, Maurizio Sarri said he felt his side were in control of the contest, a view which is backed up by our statistical breakdown of the game.

The Blues dominated possession, enjoying a 66 per cent share of the ball over the course of the game.

We had 16 shots on goal, seven more than the visitors, with nine of our efforts hitting the target.

Pedro performed well throughout and had the highest number of shots on target with three, including the goal which gave us the lead. The Spaniard was also the top performer in terms of dribbles, successfully completing three.

Pedro’s strike which broke the deadlock was our 1000th at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and he was also involved in the move which led to our second goal.  The Heatmap below shows the positions the attacker took up during the game and highlights the fact he was active in central areas, as well as out on the right-hand side, where he started.

Of the players who started the game, Mateo Kovacic boasted the highest pass completion rate with 94.9 per cent.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, scorer of our second goal, has now netted in consecutive Premier League matches for the first time in his career, having also been on target in our away win at Burnley, his last league appearance.

From a defensive perspective, Cesar Azpilicueta made the highest number of tackles with four.

We have now scored 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season, more than any other side.

The Blues are unbeaten in our last 11 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.

We have lost only one of our last 26 Premier League matches against Fulham, a 1-0 reverse in March 2006.