Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Norwich
Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, November 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 EST)
Match Odds: Chelsea 2/5 – Draw 18/5 – Norwich 13/2
With one win in their last six, it surely cannot get any worse for Jose Mourinho and his side. They have lost their last three league games and must start picking up now. Surely?!
They have lost six of their seven matches against clubs in the top ten so a home match against Norwich offers a great chance to return from the international break with victory.
Chelsea’s Premier League record: P12 – W3 – D2 – L7Embed from Getty Images
Jose Mourinho has stuck with the current team and has clearly dismissed the need for fresh legs – something that might be costing them as nothing seems to be improving much on a weekly basis.
This has been the worst start to a Premier League season in the Roman Abramovich era. We can only hope Chelsea can turn it back around, for normality’s sake.
Norwich have had it rough recently themselves, with only one win in seven. Alex Neil’s side have struggled to score enough goals and are too leaky at the back to build any form.
Norwich’s Premier League record: P12 – W3 – D3 – L6
It’s hard to argue against them being relegation battlers considering their open defence. They have the joint third worst defence in the league, with only Bournemouth and Sunderland shipping more goals after 12 matches.Embed from Getty Images
Alex Neil is struggling with the firepower of top Premier League sides and their defence will need strengthening in January if they are to stay up. A trip to Chelsea is a daunting one but given the Blues’ recent run, the Canaries will arrive with optimism.
This will be the 15th Premier League meeting between the two sides since 1992. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league meeting with Norwich and haven’t lost to the Canaries in 21 years.
Chelsea will still be without Thibaut Courtois through injury, though the Belgian goalkeeper has returned to training. Kurt Zouma, Eden Hazard and Radamel Falcao are all doubtful.
Norwich will be without Matt Jarvis, who is suffering a knee injury, while Nathan Redmond is doubt with a hip injury.
Chelsea’s last five: L/W/L/L/L
Norwich’s last five: L/L/L/L/W
Key Stat: Norwich haven’t beaten Chelsea in the league since December 1994.
Key Player: Cesc Fabregas – Last year he was untouchable up until Christmas and since then he has drifted off the pace. All that being said he was back to his best for Spain against England last week. It’s impossible to predict what Fabregas will turn up, but if he’s on song, Chelsea will win.
Chelsea 1-0 Norwich – Very difficult prediction to make considering Chelsea’s abysmal form so far but we assume home comforts will lead the Blues to victory on Saturday. They’ve struggled defensively this term but should be able to shutout Norwich here.