Chelsea will come in to this match up with a strong sense of optimism, having gone undefeated for their last eight matches, including five victories. Whilst Chelsea currently have a six-point gap between themselves and second place Manchester City, they will look to ensure that that margin is not reduced this weekend with another three points.
Chelsea will be looking to their midfield enforcer Nemanja Matic to dictate the battle of the midfield this weekend, which he has done with aplomb so far this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that he has covered a squad best 298.75km so far this season, also winning a squad best 96 tackles, 61.5% of his overall attempts. On the ball, he is equally as important, having completed 1,475 passes so far this season with an 87.1% completion rate.
One of Chelsea’s stars of this campaign has undoubtedly been Eden Hazard. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that the Belgian international winger has completed a league best 133 dribbles so far this season, having also racked up a squad best 1,581 sprints. It is that direct nature that has seen him getting in to threatening areas of the pitch, notching up seven assists and 10 goals.
Up top, Diego Costa has proven himself to be one of the hardest strikers to handle in the league. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index can reveal that his 18 goals this season have come at an average of every 103.9 minutes, and that he has converted exactly 50% of his 36 shots on target. He is 49/50 to score anytime with 888sport.com.
Chelsea (from): Blackman, Cech, Courtois, Ake, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Christensen, Filipe, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Cuadrado, Fabregas, Hazard, Matic, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Costa, Drogba, Remy.