Southampton v Chelsea: All the key pre-match stats

Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium, we bring you all the best Opta Stats.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Sunday's encounter:

1 - Southampton have won just one of the last 10 league matches against Chelsea (W1 D3 L6), while winning just one of their past five meetings against the Stamford Bridge outfit at St Mary’s Stadium, losing 3 times and drawing the other.

The Blues have scored in each of their last nine league visits, netting more than once six times in this run.

5 - Cesc Fabregas is the source of creativity for the Blues. The former Arsenal midfielder is only the third player in Premier League history to rack up double figures for assists in five separate seasons (Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney). He has created a league-best 59 key passes this term, while setting-up an impressive 12 goals. 

  TeamAppearancesKey PassesAssists
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 17 59 12
Stewart Downing West Ham 17 52 6
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 17 49 6
Eden Hazard Chelsea 18 47 4
Dusan Tadic Southampton 16 47 6

7 - Graziano Pelle is the dangerman for Southampton; he has scored seven (of his eight) goals in his last eight Premier League games at St Mary’s.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will need to be wary of Saints striker Shane Long, who has netted three times in his last four starts against the London club.

  TeamAppearancesGoalsShot Conversion Rate (%)
Diego Costa Chelsea 15 13 25
Graziano Pellè Southampton 18 8 12
Eden Hazard Chelsea 18 6 17
Didier Drogba Chelsea 15 3 19
Oscar Chelsea 15 3 7

14 - Despite a patchy run of results in the build-up to the Christmas period, Southampton have maintained their impressive defensive record.

The club have conceded just 14 goals this season, while keeping six clean sheets in their last nine home league matches.

Chelsea enter this fixture with the best defensive record in the division, having kept clean sheets in 6 of the last seven Premier League games.

  Games PlayedGoals ConcededClean Sheets
Chelsea 18 13 9
Southampton 18 14 8
Man City 18 15 7
Man Utd 18 19 5
Swansea 18 19 8

11 - Chelsea have been particularly effective from set pieces this season, scoring a total 11 goals from dead ball situations - only Sam Allardyce's West Ham United have managed as many.

John Terry has proven a distinct threat in recent weeks, scoring twice in successive victories. The Chelsea skipper opened the scoring against both Stoke City and West Ham. 

  Free-kick AssistFree-kick ScoredPenalty Scored
Chelsea 8 1 2
Southampton 3 0 0

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