Analysis

The Data Day: Chelsea vs Watford

We take a detailed statistical look at a dominant Chelsea display at Stamford Bridge.


We had 21 shots last night, nine of which were on target and 12 struck from inside the box. Eight were blocked.

Olivier Giroud registered a game-high six attempts, half of which were on target. Willian had five efforts including his penalty.

With that successful conversion, the Brazilian became the first Chelsea player to score penalties in three consecutive Premier League matches.

Willian was also the game’s top dribbler with two successful take-ons.

Watford had seven shots and tested Kepa three times, all in the final 20 minutes.

Chelsea had a 70.4 per cent share of possession, a figure that remained very consistent throughout the 90 minutes.

After the back four and N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley spent the most time on the ball (6.6 per cent).

We completed 660 of our 731 passes, equating to a 90 per cent completion rate. Aside from Olivier Giroud, every Chelsea player was accurate with at least 85 per cent of their passes.

Andreas Christensen topped the accuracy charts with 96 per cent (103/107) of his passes finding a team-mate.

Kante (94 per cent), Kurt Zouma (93 per cent) and Christian Pulisic (92 per cent) were also consistently pinpoint with their distribution.

Of the 10 key passes we made, Cesar Azpilicueta was responsible for four. Barkley and Pulisic made two.

Azpilicueta has now equalled his record for assists in a single Premier League campaign (six – also 2017/18).

Yesterday the skipper also ranked best in blue for interceptions (two) and clearances (five).

On his return to the side, Zouma won a game-high six aerial duels out of the eight he went up for. Reece James, another new face in defence, won five.

Our top tackler was Pulisic with three successful challenges. Willian won two, testament to our desire to press from the front.

Not one of Watford’s three corners picked out a team-mate. Three of our five did.

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