Near misses, own-goals and card counting

As we continue to survey the stats collected from Chelsea games in the 2018/19 season, we look at two categories where we significantly outnumbered our opponents, and two where the totals were the other way around…

It did not go unnoticed in the last campaign how many times our players saw their efforts at goal strike a post or a crossbar instead.

In total the Blues hit the woodwork 30 times in 2018/19 with the most unlucky Marcos Alonso.

In contrast, our opposing teams hit the post or the bar just over half as often – 16 times in total.

When it came to own-goals last season, our opponents did outscore us.

Sendings-off were also scarce. None for Chelsea throughout the whole campaign and two for opposition players, both in Europa League matches.

The Stats

Alonso 7 (1 saved onto bar & post), Willian 6 (1 deflected), Hazard 3, Barkley 2, David Luiz 2, Higuain 2, Hudson-Odoi 2 (1 deflected plus saved onto post), Giroud 1 (saved onto bar), Kante 1, Kovacic 1 (saved onto bar), Loftus-Cheek 1, Pedro 1, Rudiger 1

Opponents woodwork
Aguero (Man City a), Baga (BATE a), Berezkin (BATE a), Billing (Huddersfield a), Deeney (Watford h, saved onto post), Holebas (Watford h), Mounie (Huddersfield a), Nugent (Derby h), Pereyra (Watford 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), Xhaka (Arsenal EL n)

Opponent own-goals
Alli (Slavia Prague h), Keogh (Derby h), Tomori (Derby h), Trippier (Tottenham PL h), Yedlin (Newcastle a)

Own goal
Ampadu (Vidi a)

Sent off 0

Opponent sent off
Bengtsson (Malmo h, two yellow cards), Khacheridi (PAOK h, denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity)

Jorginho 10, Rudiger 10, Azpilicueta 7, Alonso 6, Kante 6, David Luiz 5, Kovacic 5, Morata 5, Arrizabalaga 4, Barkley 4, Christensen 3, Pedro 3, Emerson 2, Fabregas 2, Hazard 2, Willian 2, Cahill 1, Giroud 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Moses 1, Zappacosta 1

Most in one game Everton h, Wolves a, Slavia Prague h 4.

Fewest Man City CS, Arsenal h, Cardiff h, Liverpool h, Southampton a, BATE h & a, Crystal Palace h, Leicester h, Watford h & a, Sheffield Wednesday h, Bournemouth a, Huddersfield h, Malmo a, Dynamo Kiev h, Brighton h, Slavia Prague a 0