Inside Blue Wed 14 Feb 2018
Eden Hazard has scored more goals for Chelsea against West Brom than any other side, but they're not the only profitable opponent for the Blues No10.
A pair of fantastic goals on Monday night took the Belgian's tally against the Baggies to seven, a figure made all the more impressive by the fact they have come in only 11 matches.
It took his overall goal total for the club to 87 – level with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 12th place among our all-time scorers – which have been spread across 35 different opponents. But against which other teams does his name regularly appear on the scoresheet? The rest of the Premier League's top six all feature in this list...
Newcastle United (6)
Hazard achieved a pair of firsts for the Blues against Newcastle United. He netted his maiden goal for the club against them back in August 2012, converting a penalty kick in a 2-0 victory, and two years later he scored his first Chelsea hat-trick – and only the second of his career – to defeat the Magpies. His second of the three, featuring a 'blink and you'll miss it' one-two with Samuel Eto'o, was simply sublime.
Two of his goals this season have come against the Gunners, but it's clear which of the five he has scored against them will live longest in the memory. Last year's 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Bridge featured an outrageous solo effort from Hazard was named Chelsea's Goal of the Season. ‘Normally after the game I do not watch my goals back but when it is a goal like this, for one week I watched it every day,’ he said after receiving his award.
Five goals in only seven matches against the Cherries is a fantastic return and he has scored in each of our three visits to the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League era, including the winning strike in our 1-0 victory on the south coast earlier this term.
Tottenham Hotspur (5)
Another north London club who have not only conceded five to Hazard, but have also been on the receiving end of a Goal of the Season award-winning strike from the Belgian. He received the honour in 2016 after netting a sumptuous equaliser in the 2-2 draw which ended Spurs' title challenge and confirmed Leicester City as Premier League champions. He also has an FA Cup semi-final goal against them, too.
Hazard clearly enjoys playing at Anfield, scoring two penalties at the Merseyside ground – including one in a League Cup semi-final – and also a fantastic individual goal at the end of the 2015/16 season, when he beat several players before curling home a cheeky effort from the edge of the box.
Manchester City (4)
Home and away wins over City last term were secured in no small part thanks to the goals of Hazard. His electrifying burst of pace and clinical finish put the exclamation mark on a fabulous 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium and he scored both goals in the return win at Stamford Bridge – although Willy Caballero, now a Blues team-mate, won't remember the occasion fondly.
Manchester United (4)
A nerveless last-minute penalty in a nine-goal EFL Cup thriller opened his account against the Red Devils, which was followed up by a worldie in a fine FA Cup comeback at Old Trafford. He also scored an impressive winner at the Bridge on our way to being crowned champions in 2015 and another in a 4-0 win in 2016/17 as we lifted the title once again.
When Chelsea meet the Saints in April, Mauricio Pellegrino's men will be advised to keep a close eye on Hazard at the start and end of the first half. His first two goals were scored against them shortly before the half-time whistle, while both strikes last term came inside the opening six minutes.
West Ham United (4)
Just as against the Saints, Hazard scored home and away against West Ham last term, including our first goal of the season on the opening weekend. They were also on the receiving end of a collector's item from the Belgian – a headed goal. Only four of his tally of 68 in the Premier League have been scored with his head.