3 goals in 3 games: Oscar key as Chelsea prepare for top of the table clash

Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with second-placed Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they welcome second-placed Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. 

The task has become slightly harder in recent days, however, due to the absence of star performers, Diego Costa and Cesc Febregas.

Ahead of Saturday's highly anticipated fixture, we bring you all the best stats.

4 - Chelsea have won four and lost just two of their last eight Premier League games against Manchester City, and have come out on top in 11 of the last 16 at Stamford Bridge, losing only once. No team has beaten City more often in the Premier League than the Blues (22 victories, same as Arsenal). Jose Mourinho has won seven and lost just two of the 11 meetings as a coach with Manuel Pellegrini.

15 - Cesc Fabregas is the first player to provide 15 assists in two different Premier League seasons (2007/08 and 2014/15). The Spaniard has been in fantastic form of late, however, he remains a fitness concern as he continues to struggle with the hamstring injury that forced his early withdrawal against Liverpool in mid-week. His absence will prove a significant boost for Manchester City, who are themselves looking to cope without the services of Yaya Toure. 

 Top 3 Assist-Makers 2014/15 PositionTeamAppearancesTotal Key PassesTotal Assists
Cesc Fàbregas MF Chelsea 21 67 15
Leighton Baines DF Everton 21 47 8
Gylfi Sigurdsson MF Swansea 21 54 8

3 - Mourinho could instead look to a different source to provide the creative spark for his side. Despite falling out of the limelight since the arrival of Fabregas and Diego Costa, Oscar has netted three goals and laid on two more in his last three Premier League appearances. The Brazilian midfielder has experienced his best form of the season in recent weeks and will look to build on his positive performances in Saturday's top of the table clash.

 1st Jan - 17th Jan 2015 PositionTeamAppearancesTotal GoalsTotal AssistsMinutes Played
Diego Costa FW Chelsea 3 4 1 249
Oscar MF Chelsea 3 3 2 214
Eden Hazard MF Chelsea 3 1 0 270

10 - Chelsea are yet to drop a point at home this season, winning all ten of their total outings. The Blues have also kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 Premier League outings, including the last five in a row at Stamford Bridge. Incredibly, the league leaders have won their last three home league matches by a 2-0 scoreline (wins over Hull, West Ham and Newcastle). They have scored 24 goals at home, while conceding just three.

  Matches PlayedWonDrawnLostGoals ScoredGoals ConcededPoints
Chelsea 10 10 0 0 24 3 30

64 - It could take a late goal to separate the two side's come match-day, and if this is the case, Manuel Pellegrini will be the more nervous of the opposing managers. 64% of the goals his Manchester City side have conceded have come in the second period; the highest proportion in the top flight. The Citizens have played eleven away matches this season, winning on seven occasions.

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