The Data Day: Chelsea v Watford

Better finishing in front of goal proved pivotal on Saturday and the statistics from the game further highlight that…


We scored with all three of our on-target strikes in the second half.

Overall, we had 14 attempts on goal of which eight were on target. Of Watford’s 16 efforts, five were on target and a further five were blocked by a Chelsea player.

Michy Batshuayi’s two goals stemmed from four efforts the Belgian had, the highest figure of anyone in blue. Our opening scorer Pedro was next with three.

The Spaniard has had a hand in more goals in all competitions in 2017 than any other Chelsea player, with 12 goals and eight assists.

We had a 52.7 per cent share of possession and our pass completion rate was 81 per cent, the same as Watford’s. We completed 50 more passes than them (375 in total).

Cesc Fabregas with 66 made the most successful passes of anyone on the pitch. When it came to key passes, Eden Hazard led the way with four. Fabregas and Pedro made three apiece.

Hazard was by some distance the game’s top dribbler, completing eight in total. Next on that list was Willian with two. Our success rate in that department was 88 per cent, in contrast to Watford’s 35 per cent.

When it came to aerial duels, Antonio Rudiger (with nine) won more than anyone. The German also recorded eight clearances, a figure bettered only by David Luiz’s nine.

Our no.30’s seven interceptions was a game-high figure.

In terms of tackles, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Watford’s Miguel Britos won five each, two more than anyone else.  

Cesar Azpilicueta’s first league goal since the one he scored against the same opposition in May means he has now been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other defender this season (one goal, four assists).

Indeed, since the start of last season, we have scored more league goals via defenders than any other team.