Tottenham v Chelsea, Saturday 12:45
– Goals from Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon were enough to give Spurs their fourth consecutive victory in the Premier League and release any early season worries over coach Andre Villas Boas with a 2-0 win over Villa
– Caulker’s goal came from an initial effort by Jermain Defoe, who remains the player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have had the most shots on target with 19. Defoe has had a further 16 attempts at goal miss the target this year, as the England striker has average an effort at goal every 17 and a half minutes
– Defoe is joined in the shooting ranks by Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale who is fourth for shots on goal so far this season with 26. Bale delivered nine crosses against Villa, the second highest by a player in a single game so far this season
– Lennon’s goal for Spurs was his first in nine months, a stat which is evident from the shot shy winger’s statistics. Lennon has had just five shots at goal and converted just once, and had required 657 minutes of playing time to do so. Compare this to fellow Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who notched up the same number of shots but converted two goals, and did so in just 204 minutes
– Lennon’s more telling contributions have been in supplying team mates. He has delivered 13 crosses, contributing 2 assists, whereas Walcott has delivered just two crosses contributing 1 assist.
– Lennon has also completed 125 passes in his opponent’s half compared to Walcott’s 36. That averages a pass every 5 minutes 40 seconds for Walcott compared to one every 5 minutes 15 seconds for Lennon.
– Chelsea hit four past Norwich in their last game, with goals from Torres, in form full back Ivanovic, the evergreen Frank Lampard and new boy Eden Hazard
– Those goals put Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic first and second in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index respectively
– Torres now has four goals from thirteen shots on goal, with nine on target. He also has three assists meaning he has contributed to a goal every 95 minutes on the pitch this season and to almost half of Chelsea’s 15 goals as a team. Torres looks back to his lethal best, having got his four goals from just twelve attempts at goal, a conversion rate of 33%
– Only team mate Eden Hazard and City striker Carlos Tevez have contributed to more goals this season, with each contributing to eight goals via goals or assists.
– Ivanovic’s goal was his third of the season, a remarkable return from a defender, although he must concentrate on his defensive duties too having won seven tackles but lost out on nine
– Eden Hazard’s second goal for Chelsea boosts him up to fourth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, meaning Chelsea have a remarkable three players in the top five. Hazard leads the league for assists with six. Hazard completed an incredible 72 passes in Norwich’s half during their last game – the second highest by a single player in a game so far this season. Meanwhile midfield team mate Mata completed 63 passes in the game, the fourth highest
– Lampard continues to roll back the years for Chelsea, and has three goals so far this season despite having played just 381 minutes
– Chelsea have combined their dangerous attacking play with an admirable work ethic. The Blues may sit top of the Premier League, but they are second in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for distance covered as a team with 424.7 miles covered