Cesc Fabregas has been peerless as a Premier League creator this season, setting up eight goals more than the next-most prolific providers on the domestic scene.
Fabregas’ 18 assists this term ranks as the second-best such haul in the division’s 24–season history.
Only the Chelsea midfielder’s former-Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry has ever mustered more in a single campaign, laying on 20 strikes for the Gunners in 2002/03.
Two games remain for Fabregas to set a new all-time mark, yet a host of factors conspire to make the 18/25 about him failing to do so a license to print money.
The bwin layers go evens that he does surpass Henry’s 12-year-old mark, but a trip to West Brom is hardly the ideal place to start in his bid to do so.
Chelsea haven’t won at the Hawthorns since 2010, which was also the last time they bagged more than once at the highest (above sea level) ground in the Football League.
Meanwhile Sunderland, the Blues’ final opponents of the season, have shipped more than twice away from home on just two occasions all season.
Quite apart from the perceived stubbornness of his remaining opponents, there is Fabregas’ traditional post-New Year downturn in output, which long-term readers will remember was signposted on this site way back in September, to consider.
Of his 18 top-flight assists this term, only five have come since January the 1st, at an average of 0.29 per game.
It may be a struggle for the Chelsea orchestrator to claim Henry’s record for himself if he is afforded all 180 minutes of the remaining fixtures.
However, with the title won there will be no better time to blood the club’s burgeoning generation of wonderkids in the Premier League, meaning his playing time may be eroded as the season draws to a close.
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