Chelsea v Norwich, Saturday 15:00
– Chelsea further cemented their position atop the Premier League following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a resurgent Arsenal. Fernando Torres smartly wrapped his foot around Juan Mata’s delivery to get Chelsea off the mark, before Mata added Chelsea’s second following Arsenal’s equaliser. The win will only have added confidence to a side that is still continuing to have a major overhaul of its attacking philosophy under Roberto Di Matteo.
– Young tyro Eden Hazard proved that he has more to offer Chelsea than just technical wizardy. He worked harder than any of his teammates as he ran for 6.3 miles against Arsenal.
– Hazard is still doing what he does best though, that being terrorising defences with his pace and skill. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index he’s ranked sixth in the league for dribbles with 8.
– Another new signing Oscar showed he also has plenty of pace to go along with his guile and technique. He was the fastest player on the pitch against Arsenal according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, which recorded him running at 21.59mph.
– Juan Mata continues to be the focal point of his side’s play this season. The Spaniard has completed more successful passes in the opponent’s half than any other Chelsea player with 182.
– While Fernando Torres may be regaining some his form in front of goal, his work without the ball could use some polish. His 11 fouls is the highest in the Chelsea squad so far this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
– Norwich came up against a Liverpool side that had travelled to Carrow Road intent on proving their doubters wrong, as they fell to a 2-5 defeat to the Reds. A second half effort from Steve Morrison and a late consolation from Grant Holt were nowhere near enough to prevent the Canaries being outclassed by a focused Liverpool side.
– Jonathan Howson’s work ethic whilst his team struggled against Liverpool will have been a pleasing sight for Chris Hughton. He ran harder than any of his teammates, clocking up 6.23 miles.
– Midfielder Bradley Johnson will be hoping to escape the attention of the officials against Chelsea this weekend. He ranks joint second on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for fouls with 16.
– Steve Morrison was the Canaries fastest player against Liverpool, being recorded at 20.57mph.
– Robert Snodgrass is clearly the man Norwich players are looking to give them a spark going forward. Not only does he rank third on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for crosses with 24, he’s also completed more passes in the opponent’s half than any other Norwich player with 105.
– While Grant Holt’s chances in front of goal have been limited this season, he will likely be disappointed in his defensive work so far this season. He’s committed 11 fouls and lost out on 92% of his 12 tackles.