Opta Evaluation

Thursday 29 November 2012 10:00

Fulham and Chelsea played out a tense goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and the Opta statistics show that while our hosts perhaps edged the play, the resilience and doggedness of Martin Jol’s side meant they were good value for their point.

The Blues saw considerably more of the ball over the 90 minutes, but Fulham were effective at winning it back as we made 26 successful tackles in comparison to their 14. 

Additionally, the Whites came through the match without picking up a single yellow card, while Branislav Ivanovic, Oriol Romeu and David Luiz were all cautioned for Chelsea.

Our neighbours did manage more shots – firing in 17 attempts to our nine, although we were far less wasteful and can boast a shooting accuracy of 44.4 per cent, compared to their 17.6 per cent.

A major plus from the match was our ability to deal with the many crosses lashed into the box as not one of Chelsea's 40 balls into our area yielded a goal.

The respective right-back of each team enjoyed a successful game statistically, with both Cesar Azpilicueta and Sascha Riether contributing defensively and going forward. 

Azpilicueta was busy down his flank; he was involved in 82 ball events and delivered six crosses. His balls into the box were dangerous – especially in the first half – but were dealt with well by the Fulham backline.

Riether was his usual swashbuckling self for the visitors and ended up being our farthest forward player on occasion; most notably when he was brought down by Luiz as he attempted to burst into the penalty area.

Defensively he was sound, too, as he won possession of the ball seven times and put in four tackles – a figure bettered by only one man on the pitch; Steve Sidwell.

You can check out every stat from the game by visiting our Match Centre.