STAT ATTACK: All the stats ahead of Palace's clash with Chelsea (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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STAT ATTACK: All the stats ahead of Crystal Palace's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Eagles manager Tony Pulis continued his impressive start at the club last week.
Palace secured a 2-0 win over Cardiff thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh.
Today Pulis takes the team to Chelsea who will be hoping to bounce back after their defeat against Stoke.
Palace’s defence has certainly been tested this season and Damien Delaney has stepped up to the plate. He currently sits third in the league for total defensive contributions with 195.
Mile Jedinak continues to display the kind of form which will make Eagles fans glad he has committed his future to the club.
The Aussie ranks joint third on the EA Sports Players Performance Index for total tackles won with 56 to his name.
Jedinak also sees himself top of the league for interceptions making 53 so far this season. He will need to be on top form again this weekend as Palace take on Jose Mourinho’s men.
Pulis will be hoping he can get more out of his attacking players. It is currently a tie between Jason Puncheon and Dwight Gayle for the most attempts on goal.
Both of them have 13 to their name as well as identical accuracy rates of 30.8 per cent.
Chelsea were shocked at the Britannia last weekend despite a fine display from Andre Schurrle which saw him grab a brace.
Mourinho’s men could not convert this into points though after a last-minute screamer from the Potters saw the Blues return to London empty-handed.
Eden Hazard continues to flourish under Jose Mourinho.
The young Belgian has clearly responded to this obvious show of faith given that he’s made more attacking contributions (assists, crosses, dribbles, shots on goal) than any other Blues player this term, with 87 to his name.
Andre Schurrle’s double was a just reward for a talented player who has struggled slightly to find some of his best form since arriving in England.
The German has so far only managed a 37.5% shot accuracy rate from 16 attempts on goal but with the confidence of his two well taken goals at the weekend it’s very likely this will vastly improve in the coming weeks.
Oscar continues to respond well to Jose Mourinho’s desire to see more all-round efforts from his players. The talented playmaker has been excelling in the defensive side of work, winning a hugely impressive 78.6% of his 42 attempted challenges this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Midfield colleague Ramires continues to lead the way for overall passing contributions for the Blues this term.
Last weekend he became the first player in the Chelsea squad to surpass the 400-barrier for passes completed in the opponent’s half, with his total now sitting at 406. This means he’s completed one on average once every 3.33 minutes he’s been the pitch this season.
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