Chelsea Stats: Positive signs for title bid, Terry leads key attacking area

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Following Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, we bring you all the best Opta Stats.

Chelsea can enjoy Christmas at the top of the Premier League table, following a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday evening. 

Captain John Terry scored the opening goal inside two minutes, before Cesc Fabregas wrapped the points up for the visitors with a 78th-minute strike.

Here are the top five statistics from Monday evening's encounter:

1 - Chelsea have lost only one of their last 20 Premier League games played on a Monday (W12 D7 L1). Meanwhile, Stoke have lost their first match in seven (W2 D4 L1). Jose Mourinho's side have overcome the test of a cold, rainy night at the Britannia, but will they claim the league title in may?

78 - After finding success with four take ons versus Stoke, Eden Hazard has stretched his monopoly as the most prolific dribbler in the Premier League. The Belgian youngster has outwitted an opposition defender on 78 occasions this term, 23 more than his closest challenger, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

  TeamSuccessful DribblesAppearances
Eden Hazard Chelsea 78 17
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal 55 17
Raheem Sterling Liverpool 55 17
Jefferson Montero Swansea 50 16
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 46 16

15 - John Terry has now scored in the Premier League for the 15th successive season. Since the 2011/12 campaign, no player has scored more headed goals than the Chelsea skipper; an admirable feat. Terry became the Blues' 13th goalscorer in the league this season, more than any other side. 

  AppearancesGoals
Diego Costa 14 12
Eden Hazard 17 6
Didier Drogba 14 3
Oscar 14 3
Cesc Fàbregas 16 2
Branislav Ivanovic 17 2
Loïc Remy 6 2
André Schürrle 12 2
Gary Cahill 17 1
Nemanja Matic 16 1
Ramires 8 1
John Terry 17 1
Willian 16 1

12 - Cesc Fabregas has registered his 12th assist of the Premier League season. The most by any player last season was 13 (Gerrard), while the all-time record for the competition is 20, set by Thierry Henry throughout his 2002/03 PFA Player of the Year winning campaign. 

  TeamKey PassesAssistsAppearances
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 54 12 16

7 - Following Chelsea's victory, Jose Mourinho is top of the league at Christmas for the 8th time in his career. He's won it all 7 times previously, collecting league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, 7 of the last 10 teams to be top on Christmas Day have gone on to win the Premier League title.

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