Chelsea: 9 stats you need to know this season

What can be learnt halfway through Chelsea’s Premier League season?

1) Chelsea sit top of the Premier League table heading into the New Year, with 14 wins, four draws and just one defeat rewarding them with 46 points - three ahead of second placed Manchester City. History shines favourably for Blues clinching their fourth Premier League title, with their last three successes all coming when leading the race at the half-way point.

Chelsea 14 4 1 46 19

2) Jose Mourinho’s side currently possess the best defence in the league - conceding just 14 goals in 19 games - and are also joint top scorers, with 41 tying them with City. Thus, the West London club’s goal difference of 27 is the best in the division - and it could prove vital come the end of the campaign.

3) Despite having conceded the fewest goals, Blues first-choice stopper Thibaut Courtois has not kept the highest number of clean sheets in the division, with that title going to Lukasz Fabianski and Fraser Forster - both on eight. Courtois has one fewer, and is joint on seven with City’s Joe Hart.

4) Chelsea have scored the majority of their goals in the 70th to 80th minute of games, with 23% of their strikes netted in that timeframe. They have yet to scored a goal past the 90th minute, but have found the back of the net in every other 10 minute fragment of the 90.

5) Despite only registering the third highest shots per game in the division - 16.3 - Chelsea have found the target an average of six times per game, the highest in the league. They also have the best conversion rate in the top flight, and the Blues ability to convert chances represents the largest change to have occurred from the wasteful performances seen last season.

  Shots per GameShots on Target per GameGoalsConversion Rate
Chelsea 16.3 6 41 13.3%

6) The Blues have received 37 yellow and two red cards this season, placing them eighth in the table on disciplinary record. However, Mourinho’s men have received four of those cautions for simulation, the highest in the division - although it could be argued that two of were given incorrectly.

7) Chelsea have won every game this season when they have scored two or more goals, culminating in all 14 of their league victories this term - six of which have been won by a 2-0 scoreline. When only one goal has been scored, the Blues have failed to win a game, with four draws and one loss registered.

Chelsea Newcastle vs Chelsea 1 2 Loss
Chelsea Man City vs Chelsea 1 1 Draw
Chelsea Man Utd vs Chelsea 1 1 Draw
Chelsea Southampton vs Chelsea 1 1 Draw
Chelsea Sunderland vs Chelsea 0 0 Draw

8) To further this statistic, every game Chelsea have played at home this season has ended in a victory, and there has been no real pressure on this run being broken. A close fought 2-1 victory over QPR was the closest game of all, but there was no real doubt that the Blues would win the game.

9) Having netted two goals in successive games against Stoke and West Ham to open his goalscoring account for this season, club captain John Terry is now on 36 league goals, making him the highest scoring defender in Premier League history - 13 clear of former teammate, second placed William Gallas. Expected to sign a contract extension in the coming days, the 34-year-old is sure to add to that tally in the future.

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