Chelsea, still looking for their first Premier League away win of the 2013/14 season, will travel to Carrow Road tomorrow to play Norwich City.
This will be Chelsea’s fourth away game and, after drawing with Tottenham and Manchester United and losing to Everton, Jose Mourinho will be well aware that the pressure to secure three points outside of Stamford Bridge will be mounting on his side.
Mourinho’s highly-anticipated return as Chelsea manager has hardly been headline-hitting as the Blues have earned a mediocre 11 points from a possible 18 in their first six games. In saying that though, the team, who are currently fifth in the Premier League, have had some difficult fixtures, including matches against Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham.
Although they are yet to win away from home in the Premier League, Chelsea had no problem in their midweek Champions League game as they brushed aside Romanian team Steaua Bucharest with a 4-0 victory.
Chelsea, getting their European campaign back on track after a shock 2-1 defeat to Basel in their opening game, deserved their 4-0 win on Tuesday, with the goals coming from a Ramires brace, a Daniel Georgievski own goal and a late Frank Lampard strike.
Meanwhile, Norwich, who have taken seven points from a possible 18 in their opening six matches, are currently sat 14th in the Premier League.
The Canaries have had no problems finding the net in the Capital One Cup, having scored six goals against Bury in the second round and three against Watford in the third round; however they, along with Fulham and Sunderland, have scored the fewest goals (four) in the Premier League.
In their last match, Norwich beat Stoke 1-0 thanks to Jonny Howson’s stunning 25-yard strike. Chris Hughton’s side will want to build some momentum following last week’s win as they head into a difficult two-month period. October and November sees the Canaries face a lot of difficult teams, including Arsenal and Manchester City, as well as tomorrow’s visit from Chelsea.
Norwich earned the majority of their points at home last season (31 of 44), so this perhaps suggests they are more comfortable taking the game to teams at Carrow Road. With their fans behind them, they will be hoping they can shock Chelsea with a win tomorrow.
In the last corresponding fixture, Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to Juan Mata’s 38th minute winner. In this Boxing Day game Chelsea dominated possession (64%) and took all three points.
Norwich will be wary of the fact that they haven’t beaten Chelsea in the past nine meetings between the teams. The last time the Canaries won in this fixture was back in 1994, so they will certainly be hoping to re-write the history books tomorrow. However, they will take comfort from the fact that they have only lost two home games in the whole of 2013 (both against Aston Villa).
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong could return after seemingly overcoming a hamstring injury which has ruled him out for the last couple of weeks, while Javier Garrido and Nathan Redmond will probably return after missing their team’s trip to Stoke last weekend.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres picked up a knee injury in his side’s 4-0 win against Steaua Bucharest in midweek, however after picking up a red card against Tottenham last weekend he is suspended anyway so will not play any part in this match.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard will face a late test on an ankle problem and, if ruled out, he could be replaced by Andre Schurrle or Juan Mata.
What will be the score in tomorrow’s game? Will Chelsea end their away win drought, or will Norwich upset the odds? Predict the score and have your say below.
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