Analysis

The Data Day: Crystal Palace v Chelsea

We bring you extra detail and analysis from yesterday’s victory at Selhurst Park in the form of all the key stats to come out of the game…


The two teams were closely matched in terms of shots taken, with the Blues having 14 to the Eagles’ 13. Six of ours were on target. Both sides had five attempts in the first half.

Willian and Christian Benteke registered a joint game-high three attempts, two of which were on target.

We had a 58 per cent share of possession. Nobody spent more time on the ball than Billy Gilmour (7.1 per cent). Willian was not far behind him (7 per cent).

Full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James had the most touches of the ball (both 90).

Our pass success rate was 84 per cent, a smidgen below our season average in the Premier League (85 per cent).

Of those who started the game, Andreas Christensen (95 per cent), Ross Barkley (93 per cent) and Billy Gilmour (91 per cent) were the most accurate passers.

Gilmour completed the highest number of passes, 63, followed by Kurt Zouma (54) and Willian (49).

Of our 12 key passes, Willian was responsible for five, including the assists for our first two goals. Christian Pulisic made three key passes.

Willian has now had a direct hand in a Chelsea goal in four consecutive Premier League games for the very first time (four goals, two assists), while since the restart of the competition in mid-June, no player has been involved in more goals than the Brazilian.

As well as their incisive passing, that duo recorded a game-high four successful dribbles apiece.

Palace were not afraid to go long, evidenced by Benteke’s 12 successful aerial duels. Zouma came out on top in six, and Christensen three.

We registered more tackles, interceptions and clearances than our opponents. Our top tackler was Azpilicueta, with four won, and he and Zouma made a joint game-high six clearances.

When it came to interceptions, Zouma and Christensen’s four each were not bettered.

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