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Man City strong favourites to beat Chelsea according to statistics

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Ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this weekend, Oulala.com have analysed 16 key stats to reveal which team has the advantage going into the top of the table battle. 
 
Across 16 criteria, Manchester City dominate Chelsea 11-4, suggesting Pep Guardiola's side are strong favourites. 
 
  
Passing & Possession
 
Manchester City have been far more successful with the ball, averaging almost 200 more successful passes per game (583 to 399) than Chelsea, while boasting a superior pass completion (89% to 82%) and more possession (65% to 63%).
 
Therefore it's no surprise to see that City's David Silva tops the Premier League's top passer rankings with an average of 84 per game, while John Stones has the best pass completion of any player in the league (96.4%). 

Chelsea's most active passer, Cesc Fabregas, ranks 15th in the Premier League, averaging 65 per game. Andreas Christensen has been the Blues most accurate passer, ranking third best of all players in the league with a 94% accuracy. 
 

 
  
Creativity
 
Guardiola's side have also been superior when creating chances (15 to 11). Both have averaged 11 successful dribbles per match. 
 
David Silva tops the Premier League rankings as the most creative player, recording an average of 3.8 key passes per game. With 2.2 successful dribbles per game, Raheem Sterling is currently the 11th best dribbler in the league. 
 
Cesc Fabregas isn't far behind Silva for creativity, sitting third in the rankings with three per game. Willian ranks as the Premier League's joint sixth best dribbler having averaged 2.3 successful take-ons per game. 
  
 
Attack
 
City have already scored almost double the amount of goals than Chelsea (21 to 12). They're averaging more shots per game (17 to 14) and have a better conversion rate (18% to 15%), while the London club have been slightly more accurate in front of goal edging shot accuracy (54% to 53%). 
 
As joint top scorers alongside Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku on six goals, Alvaro Morata and Sergio Aguero are in top goalscoring form. The Argentine ranks with the sixth most shots per game (3.6), slightly more than the Spaniard who sits 11th (3.3). 
 
 
Defence
 
The Manchester club have been stronger at the back, conceding just two goals to Chelsea's five. Although last season's champions are averaging more tackles (19 to 12) and clearances (26 to 16) per game, City have edged interceptions (11 to 10).
 
Thibaut Courtois has been called upon more than Ederson, averaging a higher number of saves (2.2) per game than the Man City keeper (1.5). 
 
N'Golo Kante sits as the Premier League's third top tackler, averaging four per game. As Man City's best tackler this season, Nicolas Otamendi trails well behind Kante's standards ranking all the way back in 66th with 1.8 tackles per game. 
 
 
Discipline
 
Chelsea have been far more physical than City, committing more fouls per game (14 to 9) and picking up one more red card. However, they are also winning more fouls too, suffering an average of 10 fouls per game to City's eight. 
 
David Luiz and Marcos Alonso have been Chelsea's top card magnets, each receiving three yellows, while Luiz has also picked up a red. Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy have all been cautioned on two occasions.  
 
 
 
 
 
Russell Cane
Content Manager
russ@oulala.com
 

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