Chelsea v West Ham: All the stats

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Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with high-flying West Ham United, we bring you some interesting Opta statistics.

Chelsea entertain high-flying West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day looking to maintain their three-point advantage over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of the Blues' festive clash:

9 - Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine Barclays Premier League games played on Boxing Day (W5 D4), yet the London outfit's last five festive appearances have seen a total of just six goals scored (since Chelsea's famous 4-4 draw with Aston Villa in 2007).

2 - West Ham last won in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in September 2002 (3-2), but since have lost six of eight visits (D2), and scored just three goals.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has managed just two wins in 21 top flight games against Chelsea (W2 D6 L130, and has failed to manage a single win against Jose Mourinho in the competition (D3 L5).

54 - This clash sees the division's two most creative players come head-to-head. Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas currently leads the rankings, having fashioned 54 key passes and 12 assists, while West Ham's Stewart Downing trails closely behind with 52 key passes and six assists to his name.

  TeamTotal Att AssistGoal AssistAppearances
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 54 12 16
Stewart Downing West Ham 52 6 16

29 - West Ham have had a league highest 29 headed attempts on target this season, followed by Chelsea with 18.

Nonetheless, the efforts of the Hammers most prolific aerial threat, Andy Carroll, far outweigh those of Chelsea's, Branislav Ivanovic. To date, the English centre-forward has won 10.71 headed duels per match, compared to the 3.06 of his Serbian counterpart.

  TeamAerial Won GAMEAppearances
Andy Carroll West Ham 10.71 7
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea 3.06 17

38 - Chelsea have scored the highest number of goals in the Premier League (38), while conceding the joint fewest (13).

West Ham, meanwhile, have scored 29 goals and conceded 19. The home side have had a league-best 13 individual goalscorers throughout the opening weeks, followed by the Hammers, who have had 12. 

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