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Norwich v Chelsea: Hosts to take a point against unconvincing Blues

| 21.01.2012

With the rest of the top five facing one another, Chelsea’s trip to Norwich presents a huge chance to pull clear of Arsenal and close the gap on the three clubs above them. It won’t be easy though…

Match odds

Chelsea are clear favourites at 6/10 but their recent form suggests that they are far from nailed on, their only wins in six Premier League games being one-goal victories over Wolves and Sunderland.

Additionally, the Blues have won just one of their four trips to top-half rivals this season, so with Norwich on an impressive run of one loss in seven, it is slightly surprising that they are as large as 5/1 to triumph, and 13/5 to claim a point.

One reason for that is that their record against the big teams has been the sole blemish on a remarkable first campaign back in the Premier League, their five meetings with the top five all ending in defeat.

There are several signs that trend will be bucked soon though. Manchester City are the only side to have thrashed the Canaries, while they earned a point at Anfield before doing so became the norm, and were the third club to beat Newcastle.

Other markets

Despite becoming increasingly difficult to beat of late, Paul Lambert’s men haven’t mastered the art of keeping clean sheets, and are still searching for their first of the season. It’s unlikely to come here, as Chelsea have fired just two blanks.

It’s no shock therefore that both teams to score is odds-on at 8/13, however it might be wise to swim against the tide in the over/under 2.5 goals market, with unders offered at a tasty 5/4.

Five of Chelsea’s last seven on their domestic travels have finished that way, while all seven of their draws have featured either two or no goals. Two of their last three on the road have ended 1-1, and it is 7/1 that this one follows suit.



Richard Anderson