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Can Norwich add to Chelsea’s misery and equal 20+ year record?

| 02.05.2014

Defeats at Stamford Bridge are not commonplace among the memories of Chelsea supporters. After all, they have only suffered 20 home defeats in all competitions since the start of the 2006/07 campaign.

Watching their team lose three home fixtures in a row is something that numerous Chelsea fans have never experienced, with the last instance coming over two decades ago, back in 1993.

Interestingly, Norwich started that sequence with a 2-1 victory and they are the visitors to Stamford Bridge next as Chelsea bid to lick their wounds after their Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

In general, Canaries have more predators than they do prey and although there is a fear that Jose Mourinho’s men realistically have nothing to play for, the wider feeling is that they will take out their frustrations on the worst travellers in the Premier League.

Norwich have the fewest away points with eight from their 18 road trips, have scored the fewest goals (11) and conceded the most (44).

Meanwhile, looking at their visits to Champions League challengers, Norwich shipped five at Liverpool, seven at Manchester City and four at Arsenal.

Therefore, punters would be foolhardy to entertain a price of 14/1 of Norwich following in the footsteps of fellow relegation-threatened side Sunderland and Atletico in securing a victory at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s odds of 1/5 to beat Norwich don’t provide the greatest appeal either, so it is a forage into the handicap markets that may generate a bit more excitement.

Norwich’s troubles on the road this season have already been mentioned, but their results at Stamford Bridge since their 1993 triumph also make grim reading.

In six visits, not only have they lost them all, but the aggregate for these defeats is 21-2. Norwich have shipped at least three on five of these occasions too.

The Chelsea win to nil will have many admirers at 8/11, but there are some more profitable options that stand out a little more.

Chelsea overcoming a two-goal handicap can be backed at 7/5, while it is 31/10 in the coupled correct scoreline offerings that the Blues win either 3-0 or 4-0.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.