STATS: Eden Hazard to take creative mantle as Chelsea face Newcastle

Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Chelsea will be looking to continue their incredible home form as they welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge in Premier League game week 21. 

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

9 - Chelsea have won all nine of their league matches at Stamford Bridge this season scoring 22 goals and conceding just three along the way; unsurprisingly, this sees the club ranked 1st in the home league table. Newcastle's away form has been significantly less impressive, with just two wins in 10 fixtures. These fixtures have seen the Tyneside outfit concede on 17 occasions, while scoring just nine times. 

 Home Form Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Chelsea 9 9 0 0 27
 Away Form Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Newcastle 10 2 3 5 9

18 - Only four clubs have conceded more goals than Newcastle this season, showing their defensive problems. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 8 league matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea have scored with 18% of their shots and hit the target with 50%; both are league-high figures. If the hosts can find their creative form, this could be a heavy defeat inflicted on the Magpies.

 Overall Form Matches PlayedGoals ScoredGoals ConcededClean Sheets
Chelsea 20 44 19 9
Newcastle 20 25 31 5

4 - Eden Hazard is likely to be at the centre of any success in the final third. The Belgian forward has scored four goals and assisted three in his last seven league games, taking his season tallies to eight and four respectively. Having fashioned 52 key passes throughout his 20 appearances, Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas (62 key passes) is the only player who can claim to be more creative than the 23-year-old. 

 Creativity Stats TeamAppearancesKey PassesGoals Assisted
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 19 64 14
Eden Hazard Chelsea 20 52 4
Diego Costa Chelsea 17 29 1
Oscar Chelsea 16 27 6
Jack Colback Newcastle 19 26 3

71 - While Fabregas has been the creative mantle of Jose Mourinho's side throughout the opening half of the campaign, the Spaniard has a tendency to drop off throughout the second semester. In the past five full league seasons, the former Arsenal captain has scored or created 71 goals in the first half, i.e. the first 18 matches, but only 31 in the second. Nevertheless, has more league assists this season (14) than any player managed last term (Steven Gerrard 13).

3 - Newcastle scored two goals from just three shots on target in their 2-1 win over the Blues at St James' Park in early December when they became the first side to beat Chelsea this season. Papiss Cisse scored the goals in this tie, netting his third and fourth goals against Saturday's hosts - against no other side has he scored more often. Unfortunately for the Magpies, the Senegal striker is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty this time round.

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