8 Things You Need To Know: Chelsea vs Wolves

  • Sturridge was on target in Chelsea’s last game against Liverpool, and hit his fifth Barclays Premier League goal of the season. Sturridge, who was called up to the England squad for the recent internationals, has hit his 5 goals from 20 attempts with 55% on target, and also put in 10 crosses and completed 19 dribbles.
  • David Luiz was in the spotlight against Liverpool, and the defenders often unpredictable defensive style is demonstrated in the fact he has completed more dribbles (17) than he has contributed defensive duties (15 across tackles, clearances, interceptions and blocks).
  • Juan Mata covered 10,894 metres in the game against Liverpool, more than any other player in a Chelsea side who covered 103,813 metres in total. Mata has covered 94,028 metres since joining Chelsea, averaging 125.71 metres per minute.
  • Mata is now ranked 58th in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having completed 214 passes in his opponents half so far this season (averaging one every 3 minutes and 30 seconds). He has also scored twice and contributed four assists.
  • If Chelsea want to beat Wolves they made need to look at methods over than playing high balls in to the box – wolves have two of the top five clearers of the ball in the league in Christophe Berra (27) and Roger Johnson (24)
  • After an inspired performance against Everton Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessy has now made more saves in the Barclays Premier League than any other goalkeeper. Hennesy has made 74 saves this season, being called in to action every 15 minutes and 40 seconds on average.
  • As well as scoring from the penalty spot Stephen Hunt also won more tackles in last week’s round of games than any other player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 9.
  • Karl Henry covered the most ground for Wolves against Everton with 10,945 metres, the 8th time he has covered the most distance in the Wolves team this year.
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