The key stats ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Hull

Were bring you the latest statistics as Chelsea prepare to face Hull at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Newcastle United last Saturday with a victory over Hull City. 

The Blues have won eleven league games so far as they sit atop the Premier League table, three points ahead of last season's champions Manchester City.

Hull, meanwhile, are without a win in eight league matches and have won just once in their last 14 games in all competitions. The Tigers have never won away against Chelsea, in a run that stretches to 20 matches (L15 D5 W0).

Cesc Fabregas will serve a one-match suspension as Jose Mourinho reverts to the majority of his first-choice line-up. The Spanish midfielder, who is the Premier League's leading play-maker with 11 assists, is a significant loss for the London outfit.

Eden Hazard will be expected to take the creative mantle in his team-mate's absence. The Belgian forward was rested for the midweek defeat of Sporting Lisbon, which saw Mourinho make six changes to his starting line-up.

  Chances Created per AppAssistsAppearances
Cesc Fàbregas 3.33 11 15
Eden Hazard 2.4 1 15

Hazard has scored five goals this term, while creating an impressive 36 chances - second to only Fabregas. He has also completed a league-best 69 dribbles. 

The current form of Diego Costa is proving a sticking point. After 11 in his first 10 Premier league appearances, the Spaniard has now gone a minute shy of four hours without finding the back of the net.

  Mins per GoalsShot Conversion (%)
Diego Costa 91.45 28

Fortunately for Mourinho, Didier Drogba (three goals in his last four appearances) and to a lesser extent Loic Remy (two goals in his last four games at Stamford Bridge) have taken up the slack. Against Steve Bruce's struggling Tigers, many would expect the former Atletico Madrid man to bring an end to this drought. 

Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic missed the home side's defeat to Newcastle but should make his return to the starting eleven this weekend. The Serbian has made 48 tackles this season, the fourth most of any player in the top flight. He'll restore an element of defensive solidity to the home side, who dearly missed his influence in the centre of the park last Saturday. 

  TacklesAppearancesMins Played
Nemanja Matic 48 14 1,260

For Hull City, Mohamed Diame is the clear danger man. The Senegal international has scored four goals from just four shots on target in the Premier League this season. He will be imperative to his side's chances, considering they have only scored two goals in their last seven domestic matches.

They face a considerable challenge in scoring against the current league leaders. Chelsea have kept 12 clean sheets in their last 15 top flight matches at Stamford Bridge, while boasting the division's best home record, with seven wins in seven.

The two club's current situations could not represent more of a paradox. Only once before have Jose Mourinho's team had more points after 15 games of a Premier League campaign (40 in 2005-06), while this is Hull's worst ever start to a top flight season (13 points); even lower than the 16 they accumulated after the same number of games in 2009-10 when they were relegated.

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