Date:24th August 2012 at 6:46pm
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Chelsea v Newcastle 17:30

• Chelsea got off to a winning start with two early goals sealing a 2-0 win against Wigan last weekend

• Frank Lampard scored from the spot and Branislav Ivanovic also scored as Eden Hazard impressed on his debut

• Hazard was one of only two players to be credited with two assists in the opening round of games, the other being Swansea’s Wayne Routledge

• Despite coming away 2-0 winners, Chelsea should thank goalkeeper Petr Cech who made ten saves against Wigan, the most of any Premier League goalkeeper in the opening weekend

• John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic also needed to be on good form, with each contributing 6 clearances, putting them joint second in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for that category after one round of games

• Full back Ryan Bertrand has been lauded by many as the long term replacement for Ashley Cole for both Chelsea and England, and the youngster covered more ground than any other Chelsea player against Wigan with 5.67 miles

• Newcastle and Spurs are likely to be among the clubs battling it out for fourth place at the end of the season, and Newcastle took the early bragging rights with a 2-1 win at the weekend

• Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa continued their outstanding form from the end of last season to net for the Magpies

• Newcastle outran Spurs by 58.94 miles to 57.14 miles in that game, with Cheik Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez continuing where they left off last season by covering most ground with 5.93 miles and 5.64 miles

• Full back Danny Simpson surprised many people with his performances last season, and the young defender clocked the fastest top speed of any Newcastle player with 22.5 mph, only marginally slower than Spurs flying winger Gareth Bale who clocked 22.66 mph

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League


10 responses to “Pre-match Stats: Chelsea v Newcastle”

  1. Kunle says:

    Strongly belive dat chelsea wil defit newcastle 2moro by 2nil

  2. Kech says:

    I strongly believ in blues they will comes out victorious. In god we trust.

  3. chimez says:

    Newcastle team is a threat so we should be very careful especially in the midfield and defence. Let us break the record of having not defeated them since 2007. We shall win i pray so.

  4. Akin olalere says:

    let our midfilder be incorprate with our Striker in person of Torres to awaken the gaint in him, as he will win tomorrow match for chelsea by scoring atleast 3 goals. CHELSEA WILL WIN That is my prayer.

  5. Kole Akomolafe, ido ekiti says:

    Chelsea will continue with their winning spirit tomorow against newcastle.

  6. Prince says:

    Victory chelsea….victory el’nino.

  7. Effizae prynce. says:

    It’s 3 goals to nothing…….it’s chelsea for ever….

  8. Olatunbosun says:

    A vry Star match for we blues i tink we sud play very well 2moro nd they sud make sure deir re nt 2 fast wif dere playin cool d@ball down…victory is ours

  9. Olatunbosun says:

    A vry Star match for we blues i tink we sud play very well 2moro nd they sud make sure deir were nt 2 fast wif dere playin cool d ball down…victory is ours

  10. mcnumec says:

    Since chelsea are now aware that Newcastle is a treat to them, they will not be taken for granted. I see a win for Chelsea.