Six key stats to see you through the weekend.
4. Fernando Torres & Juan Mata are currently triple European Champions (winners of the Champions League, Europa League & European Championship) & World Champions (winners of FIFA World Cup), Torres also has the European Championship golden boot.
12. Juan Mata has set up 12 goals in the Premier League, the highest in this season’s competition.
1. With our win in the Europa League Final, Chelsea became the first club ever to hold the Champions League/European Cup & Europa League at the same time.
6. Fernando Torres finished with 6 goals in Europa League this term, accounting to 35% of Chelsea’s goals in the competition.
5. Juan Mata finished with 5 assists in the Europa League, with 2 coming in the final, joint highest alongside Fredy Guarín of Internazionale.
33. Chelsea scored 33 goals in European competitions this season- 16 in the Champions League & 17 in the Europa League.
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Chelsea face Everton for the 167th time in all competitions and bring to a close* to what has been a long, difficult and transitional season for the European Champions.
The Blues have won 63 (37.95%), drawn 52 (31.33%) and lost 51 (30.72%) of the previous 166 matches. Chelsea have scored 256 goals against Everton, averaging 1.54 goals per game (gpg) and have conceded 237 times (1.43 gpg). The Blues have kept 39 (23.49%) clean sheets and have failed to score 33 (19.88%) times.
The Pensioners have won 43 (51.19%), drawn 27 (32.14%) and lost 14 (16.67%) of the 84 games played at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have scored 154 goals against Everton at Stamford Bridge, averaging 1.83 goals per game, The Blues have conceded 79 times, averaging 0.94 goals per game. Chelsea have kept 25 (29.76%) clean sheets and have failed to score on 15 (17.86%) occasions.
Chelsea have won 4 and drawn 6 of the last 10 Premier League home games against Everton
In the Premier League Chelsea have won 18 (43.90%), drawn 16 (39.02%) and lost 7 (17.07%) of the 41 games played against Everton. Chelsea have scored 61 goals in the competition (1.49 gpg) and have conceded 42 times (1.02 gpg). The Blues have kept 14 (34.15%) clean sheets and have failed to score on 9 (21.95%) occasions.
At Stamford Bridge, in the Premier League Chelsea have won 10 (50.00%), drawn 9 (45.00%) and lost just once (5.00%) of the 20 games played against Everton. Chelsea have scored 36 goals (1.80 gpg) and have conceded 17 times (1.02 gpg). The Blues have kept 7 (35.00%) clean sheets and have failed to score on 4 (20.00%) occasions.
Compared to in the Premier League as a whole where Chelsea have won 422 (52.16%), drawn 208 (25.71%) and lost 179 (22.13%). Chelsea have scored 1357 goals in the competition (1.68 gpg), The Blues have conceded 779 times (0.96 gpg). The Blues have kept 328 (40.54%) clean sheets and have failed to score in 155 (19.16%) attempts.
The Blues have won 3 (30.00%), drawn 4 (40.00%) and lost 3 (30.00%) of the previous 10 matches against the Toffees. Chelsea have scored 14 goals against Everton (1.40 gpg), The Blues have conceded 14 times (1.40 gpg). The Blues have kept 0 (0.00) clean sheets and have failed to score 2 (20.00%) times.
The most common scoreline between the sides is 1-1 with 27 occurrences, more than double any other result, the next most common are 2-1 and 1-0 with 13 each.
In the last 10 games Chelsea have won 2 games by the 2-1 scoreline and another 3-1, Chelsea lost 2-0 on the last day of the season at Goodison which saw Ancelotti’s tenure come to an end, regardless of the result this will be Rafa’s final competitive fixture for Chelsea.
The Referee assigned to the game is Anthony Taylor. Chelsea have won 3 (60.00%), drawn 1 (20.00%) and lost 1 (20.00%) of the 5 games played with Anthony Taylor as the official. Chelsea have scored 10 goals (2.00 gpg) and have conceded 3 times (0.60 gpg). The Blues have kept 3 (60.00%) clean sheets and have failed to score in 2 (40.00%) attempts with this official in charge.
Anthony Taylor has given Chelsea 8 cautions and sent off 0 whilst awarding 0 penalties against us. He has yellow carded 7 and sent off 0 of the opposition and awarded us 1 penalty in the last 5 games he has officiated. Benitez has drawn 1 and lost 1 with this official since taking over as interim manager
Taylor was last at Stamford Bridge for our 0-2 defeat in the League Cup semi-final against Swansea. This will be our 5th home match with Anthony in charge, and they are spread over three managers.
Benitez has won 27 and drawn 10 of his 47 games in charge and could conceivably see Chelsea reach 100 goals scored.
Benitez has the follow record of against Everton, having like Aston Villa at the weekend, seen Lampard score twice to secure all three points, and as Goodison has been a tricky place to go for Chelsea this result must surely be amongst the top 5 of his 47 in charge.
Chelsea have faced David Moyes managed sides on 32 occasions having won 18 and drawn 11 of games in all competitions against his sides since our first meeting on 2002-02-17.
Everton have never won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League under Moyes. Indeed Everton have not take maximum league points away at Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool under the new Manchester United manager’s stewardship
* There is a possibility should Chelsea and Everton draw and Arsenal beat Newcastle by a goal, whilst scoring 2 more than Chelsea. i.e. if Chelsea and Everton finish 1-1 and Arsenal win 3-2 , both the London teams would be tied on points, goal difference and goals scored. This, according to Premier League rules, would trigger a play off to determine who would finish third. It is a prize worth winning as it can be quite lucrative in the Champions League the following season as the club finishing third will receive a high portion of the TV revenue, and would also avoid the unseeded play-off at the start of the season and Chelsea will have a European Super Cup to win after the longest ever season for the club.
Although these results and the combination thereof seem unlikely, Chelsea have drawn at home to Everton 6 times in the last 10 league games and 4 of the last 5 in all competitions, albeit one draw was settled on penalties. Arsenal have beaten Newcastle twice by the 2-1 scoreline, once by the 3-2 scoreline. Anything by a greater margin would see Arsenal finish about Chelsea on goals scored and or Goal difference.
Only the two Manchester clubs have lost fewer games than Everton’s 6 this season, the underlying reason as to their 6th place, and guaranteed position, is the 15 draws more than any other side.
Chelsea and Everton have combined to draw 24 of the 73 games played this season featuring either side, about 32% which happens to be the same percentage of draws between the sides at the Bridge.
- Chelsea have won 14 and drawn 5 of 20 games when winning at halftime
- Everton have won 10 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their 15 from leads they’ve had at the interval
Chelsea won 5 and drawn 4 of 12 when level at the break compared to Everton who have won 4 and drawn 9 of their 15 matches that were even at the break.
Chelsea have scored first in 25 of their 37 games this season, a league and uncatchable high. Everton have scored first in 18 of their 37 matches.
The Toffees have won 11, drawn 4 and lost just 3 times of those 18 games when taking the lead. Chelsea have won 18, drawn 6 and lost once from their 25.
Everton have won 7 drawn 7 and lost just 3 times against teams in the top half. No team has recorded fewer defeats. Chelsea have won 8, drawn 5 and lost 4 times against the top 11 sides.
Hazard and Terry remains doubts and it seems little point risking further damage, Osman and Neville will both miss out for the Toffees
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We once again turn to @statszone for insight into our success over Benfica in this Europa League special.
Benfica dominated the first half and the majority of the match but failed to take any of their chances once they arrived into the final third. Cech was rarely threatened and was only forced to make two saves all night. Chelsea produced 5 chances on target to the 3 from Benfica and Lampard hit the crossbar late on with a trademark shot from range.
Chelsea started of slowly but the improved in the second half and the influence shows the positional shift as Chelsea who pressed very little in the first half began to force Benfica back and create chances of our own.
Chelsea were unable to apply their usual passing style against a well organised Benfica team, the more direct approach was a tactic Benitez employed trying to get Oscar, Torres and Ramires in behind their back line, with the belief this would also create more space in the central pockets for Juan Mata to dictate play. This style meant that only 4 players completed more passes than the Benfica goalkeeper and bar Benfica’s substitutes, 5 Chelsea players ranked in the bottom 5 for pass completion. The 73% completion of the team is on par for the worst returns in our Premier League games this season.
Torres made the break-through on a quick counter attack Cech’s long throw found Mata who was unable to control the ball but in doing so wrong footed his mark and allowed the ball to carry to Torres, who showed great strength to turn beat his defender, round the keeper and find the back of the net missing the sliding block attempt. It was Fernando’s 21st of the season in what has been an excellent return for a difficult campaign that has produced just 7 league goals. Torres seems suited to the defensive style with direct countering attacking play common in European away performances. A trait found in his Liverpool days under Benitez.
Chelsea were unable to retain the lead as Benfica were awarded a penalty as their header cannoned off Azpilicueta’s raised hand. Cardozo found the back of the net sending Cech the wrong way. The penalty was the 5th conceded in the Europa League knock-out stages by Chelsea, one in each round Chelsea faced (Steaua away, Kazan twice, Basel away and now Benfica).
The game was riddled with fouls, Ramires (6) making twice as many as anyone else although most we clumsy little niggles or blocks, he avoided a yellow card and the risks of further punishment in what was an frustrating game from him. The former Benfica player was caught offside too often (8) in a wide right role due to the absence of Hazard. But it was his late run to keep the ball alive that won the decisive corner, he too was unlucky on a couple of chances to run at the their back-line; he was twice checked rather crudely by #formerblue Nemanja Matic who could have easily been booked for both.
It was the second time in a week the Benfica had conceded in the 92nd minute to lose a game 2-1, the other against title rivals Porto which leaves the side from the Dragao a point a head with a game remaining. It was Benfica’s first league defeat of the season. It was of course a corner one in the same position as in Munich but this time the corner was deeper and Ivanovic moving backwards judged his leap perfectly to nod back into the far post a looping dipping header. The trajectory making it impossible to stop. Benitez and the players revealed post match it was something they targeted and it was something picked up by @timhpal in his pre-match scouting report on how the a weakness at the back post of Benfica from set pieces.
This is supported by the match data which shows all Chelsea’s corners were targeted to a similar area inside the opposition box. Eventually it paid off.
Although it appeared Mata had a relatively quiet game as he was forced to begin attacks from a deeper position, he was Chelsea’s top passer (30/36) and is credited with two assists to take his seasonal tally to 28 in all competitions.
Champions of Europa 2013.
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