Belfast Telegraph


Premier League leaders Chelsea host Bournemouth on Boxing Day looking to extend their winning run to 11 matches.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the numbers around the clash at Stamford Bridge.

2 - Eden Hazard struck twice in the last meeting between the sides at the Vitality Stadium back in April. Despite being named PFA Player of the Year the previous campaign, the two goals were Hazard's first of a disappointing season.

3 - Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake has scored three goals since joining the Cherries on a temporary basis in the summer, the Holland Under-21 international's strikes have come in the last six games - but he is ineligible for the trip to face his parent club.

6 - There have been just six previous fixtures between the two sides, they met in the old Second Division in the 1988/89 season before a two-legged League Cup clash in 1994 and their two Premier League meetings last year.

14 - Chelsea are still three wins from equalling Arsenal's record for the longest winning run in Premier League history, with their streak spanning the back end of their 2001/02 title-winning season and the start of the following campaign.

82 - The minute in which Glenn Murray scored the winner for the Bournemouth in their 1-0 victory in the corresponding fixture last season.

121 - The Premier League points won by N'Golo Kante over the last two seasons while at Leicester and since his move to Chelsea. The midfielder will be suspended on Boxing Day having amassed five yellow cards.


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