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Chelsea v Manchester City: Stat hit


Here's the numbers ahead of tonight's game:

Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 in their last Premier League game to ease the pressure on Andre Villas Boas.

Ramires covered the most ground for Chelsea in that game with 6.7 miles

Drogba, Kalou and Sturridge hit the target for Chelsea in that game. Sturridge's goal was his 7th of the season, and the striker was in goal scoring mood for Chelsea having had 8 efforts at goal in the game against Newcastle, the most efforts that a Chelsea player has had in a single game all season. Drogba's goal was his second of the season from 19 attempts, although with 13 of those off target Chelsea fans would be forgiven for thinking his best days at the Bridge may be behind him. Kalou has had limited opportunities this season, and his goal against Newcastle was his first of the season.

Ashley Cole has completed 273 passes in his opponent's half this season, second only to Spurs' Assou Ekotto as the defenders with the highest number of passes completed in this area.

Man City have continued their high scoring start to the season with a 5-1 victory over Norwich in their last game.

Gareth Barry covered the most ground for Man City in that game with 7.21 miles.

Aguero hit City's first of the game and his 11th league goal of the season. Miraculously, given the number of goals he has scored, the Argentinian striker has had more shots off target than on target this season with 20 on target v 22 off target. Nasri scored City's second of the game and his 2nd of the season. The midfielder has also contributed six assists. Yaya Toure hit City's third and his 2nd of the season.

Yaya Toure has also completed 450 passes in his opponent's half this season, the third highest total in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Balotelli was City's fourth goal scorer with his 7th of the season while Adam Johnson added City's 5th and his 4th. Balotelli has the lowest minutes per goal rating in the league with a goal every 66 minutes 22 seconds.

City put on a passing master class against Norwich, with Yaya Toure (82), David Silva (79) and Samir Nasri (66) posted the three highest totals for passes completed in an opponent's area by a single player in a single game so far this season.