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PMB: Chelsea v Wolves - the numbers


After four consecutive midweek matches at the Bridge we have a weekday fixture with Wolves to look forward to. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of Sunday's meeting with key facts and figures...


Chelsea In Numbers

Maurizio Sarri’s side have won 19, drawn four and lost two of our 25 home games this season.

35 Chelsea players have been booked in the Premier League this season. Only Liverpool (28) have had fewer.

The Blues have lost just one of our last 17 home games in the Premier League (10 wins, six draws).

We have kept six clean sheets in our last eight Premier League home games, conceding just two goals in total during this period.

Chelsea have lost just one of our last 53 home league games against promoted sides (44 wins, eight draws), losing against Bournemouth in December 2015.

We are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September, when we won our opening five of the season. At home, we’ve won the last three by an aggregate score of 9-1.

Gonzalo Higuain has scored three goals from five shots on target in the Premier League since signing in January.

Jorginho has made 37 interceptions in the Premier League, more than any other Blues player this term.

Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.


Last six games


Premier League scorers

Hazard 12 (4 pens), Pedro 8, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Higuain 3, Kante 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 3, David Luiz 2, Jorginho 2 (1 pen), Alonso 1, Giroud 1, Rudiger 1, own goals 2.

Games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 3
A home defeat: 4



Chelsea’s next three games

Thursday 14 March - Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea - Europa League

Sunday 17 March - Everton v Chelsea - Premier League

Sunday 31 March - Cardiff City v Chelsea - Premier League 


MILESTONES

Our next goal will be our 50th in the Premier League this term.

Olivier Giroud made his 50th appearance for the club in all competitions against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday. He superbly set up our first goal. 


WOLVES IN NUMBERS

Formed 1877 as St Luke’s FC

 

Major trophies

3 League championships, last in 1959
4 FA Cups, last in 1960
2 League Cups, last in 1980
1 Football League Trophy in 1988
4 FA Charity Shields (3 shared), last in 1960


Wolves have won 43 points from their opening 29 games – their best points tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1979/80 when they had 45 points.

Wolves have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games and sit seventh in the table with 43 points from their 29 games – the last promoted side to have won more points at this stage of a top-flight season was Birmingham City in 2009/10 (44 pts).

Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 away league games.

Wolves have the ninth best away record in the Premier League this season with 19 points from 14 games.

Only Liverpool (eight) and Manchester City (nine) have conceded fewer goals on their travels this term than Wolves (16).

Their away record against the top six is impressive with a 3-1 win at Tottenham and 1-1 draws at Arsenal and Manchester United. They lost 0-3 at Manchester City and still have to travel to Anfield on the final day of the season.

 

Wolves are unbeaten in their five Premier League games in London this season (three wins, two draws). They last had a longer unbeaten run in the capital in the top-flight between November 1972 and November 1974 (11 games).

Raul Jimenez has scored 11 Premier League goals this season – the most scored by a Wolves player in a single campaign in the competition is 12 (Steven Fletcher in 2011/12).

Nuno Espirito Santo is seeking a 50th victory in his 88th match in charge.


Manager Nuno Espirito Santo
Days in charge: 648
Played: 87
Won: 49
Drawn: 20
Lost: 18

Nuno Espirito Santo’s record v Chelsea
Won: 1
Drawn: 0
Lost: 0


 


 


Premier League scorers

Jimenez 11 (2 pens), Jota 6, Boly 3, Cavaleiro 3, Doherty 3, Neves 3 (2 pens), Saiss 2, Bennett 1, Costa 1, Dendoncker 1, Jonny 1, Moutinho 1, Traore 1.

WOLVES’ LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME

Saturday 2 March
Wolves 2–0 Cardiff
Team (3-5-2) Ruddy; Bennett, Coady (c), Boly; Traore (Cavaleiro 75), Dendoncker, Saiss, Gibbs-White (Moutinho 64), Vinagre; Jimenez, Jota (Doherty 47).
Booked Bennett
Scorers Jota 16, Jimenez 18
Attendance 31,309


League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0



 

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

Ryan Bennett, who has started 28 of Wolves 29 league games, is suspended for accruing 10 Premier League yellow cards before the 32 game cut off.

 

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Michael Oliver is the official for his fourth Blues game this season. He was the referee in our home matches with Crystal Palace and Man City and our away Carabao Cup tie at Tottenham.

 

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