Fewer goals but Arsenal can break down Chelsea in this key area

Chelsea Stamford Bride

There are clear differences in the key stats between Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of the weekend clash.

Chelsea V Arsenal

Chelsea against Arsenal is a brilliant clash on the Premier League fixture list this weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s thought out clever tactical play will go up against the pace and creativity in Arsenal’s midfield as Chelsea look to extend their lead at the top of the table while Arsenal try and close the gap.

In terms of each side’s attack this season, the Blues are way out ahead with 19 goals compared to 11 for the Gunners.

Mourinho bought two key players over the summer; Diego Costa to play up front and Cesc Fabregas to create chances for him.

If both Spanish internationals play for Chelsea this weekend, it will be difficult for Arsenal to keep them both out of the game entirely.

Where Arsenal can get an edge over Chelsea is how they protect the ball with a higher number of accurate passes than the Blues.

That suggests they are the more patient of the two sides and more willing to stroke passes around as they look for a crack in the Chelsea defence, which one of their quicker players can exploit.

Chelsea are winning more contests which shouldn’t be a huge surprise because they have a bigger midfield in terms of size.

The number of crosses for each team being exactly the same over six games also shows that they both prefer slightly narrower formations, with their strength coming from central midfield as opposed to out wide.

Chelsea have been deadlier up front but Arsenal have the potential to kill the Blues with passes.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch