It is back to the Premier League this weekend after recent cup action. Club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of our game at home to Newcastle with key facts and figures...
Chelsea In Numbers
Chelsea have not scored in our past two Premier League home games. We have not gone three without a goal in the top-flight since November 1993 under Glenn Hoddle.
Only Liverpool (three) have conceded fewer home goals in the Premier League than Chelsea this season (eight).
Five players – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.
The Blues have lost one of our last 14 home games in the Premier League (seven wins, six draws).
Eden Hazard was fouled on seven occasions against Spurs on Tuesday; the most fouls on him in a game this season. All three of Tottenham’s yellow cards were for challenges on him.
Twenty-two players have been booked for fouls against Eden Hazard this season, three-and-a-half times more than any other Blues player.
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: 2
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 1
Chelsea’s next three games
Saturday 19 January - Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League
Thursday 24 January - Chelsea v Tottenham - Carabao Cup
Sunday 27 January - Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday/Luton - FA Cup
On Saturday Chelsea will play the 900th match since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. We have a 61.5 per cent win rate in that time.
Willian needs two goals to reach 50 in all competitions for the club.
NEWCASTLE IN NUMBERS
4 League championships, last in 1927
6 FA Cups, last in 1955
1 Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969
1 FA Charity Shield in 1909
Newcastle have been Premier League runners-up twice in 1995/96 and 1996/97. Their last major piece of silverware was the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 when they beat Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa 6-2 over two legs.
Newcastle’s away record is better than at St James’ Park this season. They have won 11 points from a possible 30 on the road with two wins at Burnley and Huddersfield.
Newcastle have picked up one win in their past eight matches in the Premier League, beating Huddersfield 1- 0 in December.
The Magpies are winless in 12 away league games against ‘big six’ sides (one draw, 11 defeats), losing the last nine in a row since beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane in December 2015.
Newcastle have scored four goals in their past eight Premier League games, failing to find the net in three of the last four.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has won one of his 14 away matches against Chelsea in all competitions (four draws, nine defeats), a 1-0 victory with Liverpool in the Premier League in October 2008.
Two Newcastle players, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Mohamed Diame have started every Premier League match this term.
Manager Rafael Benitez
Days in charge: 1,037
Benitez’s record v Chelsea
Premier League scorers
Rondon 5, Clark 2, Joselu 2, Perez 2, Kenedy 1, Muto 1, Yedlin 1, own goal 1
NEWCASTLE’S LAST PREMIER LEAGUE GAME
Wednesday 2 January
Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2
Team 5-4-1: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar (Muto 81), Lascelles (c), Dummett, Ritchie; Perez (Kenedy 69), Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 53), Atsu; Rondon.
League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 1
There are no suspensions.
Kenedy is ineligible due to the regulations of his loan from Chelsea.
Premier League bookings
Alonso 4, Rudiger 4, Jorginho 3, Kante 3, Morata 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 ten cautions before the 32nd game to escape a two match ban.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Chris Kavanagh is refereeing Chelsea for the second time this season. His first was on the opening day at Huddersfield.