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EA Sports Player Performance Index Saints At Chelsea
Friday, 13th Mar 2015 08:46

Saints travel to Stamford Bridge To Take On Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, here are a few stats ahead of the game from those nice people at EA Sports

League leaders Chelsea face top-four chasing Southampton on Sunday and with second placed Manchester City playing the day before, The Blues could find themselves under some pressure.

Eden Hazard remains the only player in the division to have surpassed the century mark for number of successful dribbles. Hazard has made 123 successful dribbles, averaging out at 4.6 per game. His closest challenger is Alexis Sanchez on 88, who averages 3.5 successful dribbles per game, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Nemanja Matic missed Chelsea’s last game against West Ham, but – fitness permitting – should make his Premier League return against Southampton. The imposing midfielder has made more tackles than any player in the Premier League this season, making 95 tackles according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne sits just one tackle behind Matic, albeit having played a game more than the Serb.

Diego Costa has been on a goal drought in the league recently, by his standard – but is still almost certain to start against Southampton on the weekend. The Spanish international’s stats still remain outstanding, scoring 17 goals in 21 games. Costa has put an impressive 68.7% of his shots on target, and has scored from 33.3% of them, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Costa is 31/10 to score first with

Southampton’s form has been mixed of late, and they will be hoping they can reproduce some of the early season consistency that helped them in their rise to the summit of the table.

Jose Fonte has been in great form this season and has contributed to the Saints having the most clean-sheets in the division. Fonte has made 79 interceptions in the Premier League, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, which is the most of anyone in the entire top tier of English football.

Nathaniel Clyne is second only to Nemanja Matic for number of tackles, but also has completed the sixth most sprints in the Premier League. Clyne has sprinted 1591 times so far this season, averaging out at 61.2 sprints per game. The only defender in the division to have completed more sprints than Clyne is Everton’s Seamus Coleman.

Dusan Tadic has produced the fourth most assists in the Premier League this season having laid on eight goals for his teammates. The Serbian winger has also put in 39 successful crosses this season, which is the second highest in the division, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, only behind Burnley’s Kieran Trippier. Tadic is 13/1 to score first with

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