After the break for international football the Blues return to action with a trip to a different country. Wales and Cardiff City await on Sunday, and here club statistician Paul Dutton begins our build-up...
Chelsea In Numbers
Chelsea have scored 16 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League games this season – only Liverpool (18) have scored more.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have lost four of our past eight Premier League games, winning three.
Chelsea have lost four and won one of our five away league games in 2019, scoring two goals and conceding 15.
Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.
When Eden Hazard hit the post at Everton it was the 25th time a Chelsea player has hit the woodwork this term; more than twice as many as our opposition.
Strikes on woodwork
Alonso 7 (1 saved onto bar & post), Willian 5 (1 deflected), Barkley 2, Hazard 2, Hudson-Odoi 2 (1 deflected plus saved onto post), David Luiz 1, Giroud 1 (saved onto bar), Higuain 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1 (saved onto bar), Loftus-Cheek 1, Rudiger 1
Opponents’ strikes on woodwork
Aguero (Man City a), Baga (BATE a), Berezkin (BATE a), Billing (Huddersfield a), Mounie (Huddersfield a), Nugent (Derby LC h), Reach (Sheffield Wednesday h), Redmond (Southampton a, saved onto bar), Signevich (BATE a), Sturridge (Liverpool LC a), Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev a), Winks (Tottenham PL h)
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 13 (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.
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 12
An away defeat: 0
Chelsea’s next three games
Monday 8 April - Chelsea v West Ham - Premier League
Thursday 11 April - Slavia Prague v Chelsea - Europa League
Sunday 14 April - Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League
N’Golo Kante’s next appearance will be his 100th for Chelsea in the Premier League.
Our last game at Goodison Park was the 600th Premier League game since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. We have managed 375 wins, 126 draws and 99 defeats, goals 1120 - 507.
Maurizio Sarri took charge of his 50th Blues match in the same game.
CARDIFF CITY IN NUMBERS
1 FA Cup in 1927
1 Championship in 2013
1 Third Division in 1993
1 Third Division South in 1947
1 Charity Shield in 1927
Cardiff City are playing their first game for 22 days.
Neil Warnock’s side have won three and lost three of their past six Premier League games.
Cardiff have won 20 points from their 16 home games this season. Their six wins have been against Fulham, Brighton, Wolves, Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham. They have drawn two to Newcastle and Huddersfield and lost eight to Arsenal, Man City, Burnley, Leicester, Man Utd, Tottenham, Watford and Everton.
Cardiff City have won 71 per cent of their Premier League points this season in home games (20/28) – only Fulham have a higher percentage (88 per cent).
Cardiff have lost their last 16 Premier League games against the ‘big six’ sides, last avoiding defeat in November 2013, drawing 2-2 against Manchester United.
The Bluebirds have kept four clean sheets in their last eight Premier League home games.
Excluding own-goals, Cardiff have had 11 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season – only Huddersfield (10) and Fulham (nine) have fewer.
Of Cardiff’s 27 Premier League goals, 41 per cent have come in the last 15 minutes.
Cardiff have conceded 11 goals from outside of the box in the Premier League this season – only Burnley (14) have conceded more.
When Cardiff have taken the lead, they’ve only dropped three points this season (level with Leicester) – no side has dropped fewer points from winning positions.
Keeper Neil Etheridge has made 781 passes into the opposition half, more than any other Cardiff player in the Premier League.
Etheridge is the only Bluebirds player to start every Premier League game this term.
Manager: Neil Warnock
Days in charge: 907
Neil Warnock’s managerial record against Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Bamba 4, Camarasa 4 (1 pen), Paterson 4, Reid 4 (1 pen), Hoilett 3, Murphy 3, Gunnarsson 1, Harris 1, Mendez-Liang 1, Ward 1, Zohore 1.
CARDIFF’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Saturday 9 March
Cardiff City 2 West Ham 0
Team 4-2-3-1: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison (c), Manga, Bennett (Bacuna 62); Gunnarsson, Arter (Paterson 84); Murphy, Camarasa (Ralls 68), Hoilett; Niasse.
Booked Arter 29, Morrison 85
Scorers: Hoilett 4, Camarasa 52
League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 1
There are no suspensions.
From this season yellow cards count only for the competition in which they are received. The deadline for suspension for accumulating five bookings has passed. Players must now avoid accruing ten cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two match ban.
Premier League bookings
Alonso 6, Jorginho 6, Rudiger 6, David Luiz 3, Kante 3, Morata 3, Hazard 2, Arrizabalaga 1, Azpilicueta 1, Barkley 1, Christensen 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This is referee Craig Pawson’s fifth Chelsea match of the season. The Blues won all the previous four, without conceding, against Southampton, Burnley, Fulham, and Crystal Palace.