Chelsea v Liverpool: stat attack

  • By: Ben Coley
  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 13:00 GMT

Our Ben Coley looks at the stats to highlight some key pointers ahead of Sunday's Premier League game at Stamford.

Liverpool have fared well against Chelsea of late

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Since Chelsea did the league double over Liverpool in 2009/10, Liverpool have won five of six meetings in all competitions, including all four in the League.

Chelsea have won 12 of the 20 Premier League meetings at Stamford Bridge, with Liverpool managing four wins and four draws.

Historically, Liverpool edge the overall picture. These sides have met a total of 164 times, with the Reds winning 74, Chelsea 57 and 33 draws.

GOALS

In the last 30 meetings of the sides, both teams have scored on 12 occasions. The average number of total goals in this period is 2.33, with both sides responsible for 35 of the 70 goals.

Chelsea have played 18 games so far this season, with a total of 70 goals (regular time) in those matches - an average of 3.89 per game.

Their last seven games have all seen both teams find the net, while nine of their last 10 have provided three or more goals.

Liverpool have played 20 times, with a total of 57 goals at an average of 2.85 per game, and half of their games have involved fewer than three goals.

Both teams have scored in 11 of Liverpool's 18 games overall, and six of their 10 in the Premier League, but four of their last seven in all competitions have seen just one team score.

SCORERS

Over the last two seasons, Chelsea have managed just four goals in six games against Liverpool. Two of these came courtesy of Ramires, one from Daniel Sturridge and the other from Didier Drogba.

Liverpool scored three times against Chelsea in 2010/11, but all three goals came via players who have since departed for their rivals - albeit Raul Meireles has since moved on again. Last term they managed nine, but only the now-departed Maxi Rodriguez scored more than one of them.

Ten members of the Chelsea squad have scored in the Premier League this season, with Juan Mata the most frequent scorer with four in his eight games. Fernando Torres also has four, but he has played in all 10. Two defenders - Gary Cahill and Branoslav Ivanovic - have each scored more than once.

Just five members of the Liverpool squad have found the net in the league, with Luis Suarez leading the way with seven. None of his team-mates have scored more than once.

HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME

Chelsea have lost once in the league and once in the Super Cup, and both times they went in behind at the break. Twice they've gone in level at half-time and won three points in the league, while once, against Reading, they came from behind to win.

Only once all season have Chelsea led at half-time and failed to win, and that was in their home Champions League game against Juventus.

Liverpool have only won twice in the Premier League, and both times they took a lead into the interval.

They've gone into the break behind in each of their last three games in all competitions, losing two of them, but they have twice come from behind at half-time in the Premier League to gain a point.

GOAL TIMES

Chelsea have scored a total of 22 Premier League goals and their home tally of 13 is second only to Manchester United. Exactly half of their goals have been in the first half, although they have scored in the first 25 minutes a total of eight times.

Liverpool have scored just 13 goals in the Premier League, although eight of them have been away from Anfield. Those eight are equally divided between the first and second halves.

BOOKINGS

Chelsea's Premier League games now average 3.3 cards per game, that's counting two for Fernando Torres' red (two yellows). They have had two men sent off in total, albeit in the same fixture.

Liverpool games average 3.6 cards and there have been three dismissals, two of which have been to Liverpool players.

The last six meetings of these sides have seen 24 yellow cards at an average of 4 per game, although there has only been one red card in their last 15 meetings.

CORNERS

Chelsea's Premier League games have produced a total of 103 corners, at an average of 10.3 per game.

Liverpool's Premier League games have produced a total of 111 corners, at an average of just over 11 per game, although their most recent Europa League tie provided just three.

SUMMARY

A classic case of historical form versus current form. Liverpool's record both of late and throughout the years is very strong, but is that enough to think they can win on Sunday? I'm inclined to say no.

Chelsea are simply a better side throughout, bar perhaps in defence where they do have John Terry available for selection once more. Whereas you can't see Liverpool winning if Suarez doesn't fire, it's possible for Mata, Hazard and Torres to be rescued by Oscar, or any other similar combination.

However, it's hard to see Chelsea keeping a clean sheet even with Terry returning. The likes of Norwich and Reading have scored at Stamford Bridge and the only piece of evidence that suggests a Chelsea win to nil is their 2-0 win over Newcastle, way back in August.

Mata increasingly looks the key man for Chelsea and you can get 5/2 that he scores and his side win, but for me over 3.5 goals looks the way to play this at 7/4. Alternatively, consider Chelsea to win and there to be over 2.5 goals at 15/8.