The first game of the new calendar year is almost upon us. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of our game at home to the Saints with key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
In 2018, the Blues completed two more games than in 2017.
Cesar Azpilicueta played the most minutes in 2018 (4,707) and Eden Hazard scored the most goals (21).
Leicester’s win in our last home game was our first defeat in 13 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, since a 1-3 defeat against Tottenham in April.
Chelsea have not lost consecutive home Premier League matches since November 2011, when we lost to Arsenal and Liverpool when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge.
Chelsea have scored 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season – more than any other Premier League side.
The Blues have hit the woodwork 15 times in the Premier League this season, at least three times more than any other team.
Five players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.
Kante has made more interceptions in the Premier League than any other Blues player this season (30).
David Luiz has made 86 clearances in the Premier League this season, more than any other Chelsea player.
Eden Hazard is our most fouled player in the Premier League this term (63).
Last six games
Premier League scorers
Hazard 10 (3 pens), Pedro 6, Morata 5, Barkley 3, Kante 3, Loftus-Cheek 3, Willian 2, Alonso 1, David Luiz 1, Giroud 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Rudiger 1, own-goal 1
League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 3
A home defeat: 0
Chelsea’s next three games
Saturday 5 January - Chelsea v Nottingham Forest - FA Cup
Tuesday 8 January - Tottenham v Chelsea - Carabao Cup
Saturday 12 January - Chelsea v Newcastle - Premier League
Willian needs two goals to reach 50 in all competitions for the club.
If fit and selected, Cesc Fabregas will make his 350th career Premier League appearance (Chelsea and Arsenal).
SOUTHAMPTON IN NUMBERS
1 FA Cup in 1976
Southampton have won seven points from a possible 30 on the road this term, with two wins at Crystal Palace and Huddersfield.
The Saints have dropped 15 points from winning positions this term, more than any other Premier League team.
Southampton’s starting XI against Manchester City on Sunday had an average age of 24 years and 274 days; their youngest in a Premier League match for five years (December 2013 v Newcastle).
Southampton have lost nine of their past 11 Premier League matches in London. They won the other two.
Southampton have not kept a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games – the longest current run in the competition.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is the only Southampton player to start every Premier League match this term.
Mario Lemina has made more interceptions in the Premier League than any other Saints player this season (39).
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl
Days in charge: 26
Premier League scorers
Ings 7 (3 pens), Armstrong 3, Hojbjerg 3, Austin 2, Redmond 2, Bertrand 1, Gabbiadini 1, Obafemi 1, Soares 1.
SOUTHAMPTON’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Sunday 30 December
Southampton 1 – 3 Manchester City
Team 4-3-2-1: McCarthy; Ramsay, Stephens, Bednarek, Targett; Hojbjerg (c), Romeu (Valery 59), Lemina (Redmond h/t); Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Austin (Long 68).
Sent off Hojbjerg 85 (serious foul play). Booked: Austin, Bednarek
Scorer Hojbjerg 37
League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 5
An away defeat: 1
Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended
Premier League bookings
Alonso 4, Jorginho 3, Kante 3, Morata 3, Rudiger 3, Hazard 2, Arrizabalaga 1, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, David Luiz 1, Fabregas 1, Giroud 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Willian 1.
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 10 cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two-match ban.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee: Jon Moss
This is Jon Moss’s fifth Chelsea game of the season having been the official in the Community Shield match against Manchester City and the games against Cardiff City and Derby County at Stamford Bridge and at Molineux against Wolves in December.