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December 27, 2012 2:00 AM EST
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Norwich City - Chelsea Preview: Canaries looking to end 18-year wait for victory over Blues

Chris Hughton's men suffered defeat for the first time in 11 games and will hope to avenge a 4-1 loss earlier in the season against the rampant west London club

By Ewan Roberts

EPL - Chelsea v Norwich City, Fernando Torres, Javier Garrido and Leon Barnett
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH

Bunn
Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Holt
CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole
Luiz, Ramires
Moses, Mata, Hazard
Torres

Talismanic striker Grant Holt (hamstring) missed Norwich’s defeat against West Brom, but manager Chris Hughton hopes to have him available for Wednesday’s game.

Steven Whittaker (thigh) was withdrawn before the hour mark against the Baggies, so Russell Martin is likely to fill in at right-back.

Norwich are also without Andrew Surman (knee) and John Ruddy (thigh), with Mark Bunn continuing in goal in the latter’s absence. Ryan Bennett (knee) and Harry Kane (ankle) are both doubtful.

Rafa Benitez’s squad is largely injury-free, though he will likely reshuffle his starting XI to combat a busy festive programme.

Liverpool-bound striker Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is a doubt, but John Obi Mikel has returned from a three-match suspension though may be benched in favour of the impressive David Luiz.

John Terry and Oriol Romeu (both knee) remain sidelined, while Ryan Betrand picked up a knock against Leeds in the Capital One Cup and is therefore a doubt for the Boxing Day clash.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich lost their first match in 11 games against West Brom on Saturday, ending their longest sequence without defeat in the top-flight since March 1987.
  • Only the two Manchester clubs, United (11) and City (10), have scored more goal from set-pieces than Norwich (9).
  • Grant Holt has committed 44 fouls this season, the joint most in the league, while only one player, Everton’s Nikica Jelavic (29), has been caught offside more times than Holt (24).
  • The Canaries have scored three goals from direct free-kicks, the joint-most in the league alongside Chelsea.
  • Norwich have not beaten the Blues since 10 December 1994; in the five meetings between the two sides since then, the Blues have averaged 2.8 goals per game.
  • Chelsea’s 8-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, which equalled their highest ever league win, was only their second victory in their last nine league games.
  • Branislav Ivanovic (pictured right) is the Premier League’s topscoring defender, with four goals this season (making him the Blues’ joint-third highest scorer in the league).
  • Chelsea have received more yellow cards for diving (4) than any other team in the Premier League.
  • The Blues have scored from the penalty spot five times this season, the most in the league, while Norwich are yet to be awarded a spot-kick.


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Available Squads
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
5S. BassongDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
7Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
4David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
27Nathan AkeDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
-Lucas PiazonStriker
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Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
26 5 5 0
David Luiz
David Luiz
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
18 0 7 0
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
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Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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Man. United
15 2
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