The Blues travel to Norfolk in high spirits following their resounding Champions League victory, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to find it tough against Chris Hughton's sideAfter putting their Champions League campaign back on track with a convincing 4-0 away win over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday, Chelsea will be looking to gain ground on the Premier League leaders when they travel to Norwich on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s men have won six and drawn one of their last seven meetings with this opposition and are clear 4/7 (1.57) favourites with Coral to collect all three points in this one.
However, the Canaries have lost just two of their last 12 league games at Carrow Road and are available at 5/1 (6.00) to add the visitors to Arsenal and Manchester United on the list of high profile scalps on home turf.
Chris Hughton’s men have drawn six of those 12 undefeated home games, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them grinding out another stalemate here.
While there was plenty of fanfare surrounding Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, the honeymoon period now seems to be well and truly over after some fairly unconvincing performances have raised question marks over the manager’s treatment of crowd favourites Juan Mata and David Luiz.
The former Real Madrid manager would do best to answer his critics on the pitch, first of all by securing a first league win of the season away from home, but that is easier said than done on this ground.
Hughton has made his outfit extremely difficult to beat in their own back yard by putting together a defence that has conceded just 23 goals in 22 Premier League home games during his time at the club, and Chelsea’s return of just one away goal in three league trips this season suggests they are unlikely to run away with this one.
A bet on under 2.5 goals would have paid out in 10 of these sides’ combined 12 league fixtures this season, as well as their last two encounters at Carrow Road, and therefore offers great value at even money (2.00) when they come face-to-face.
However, Chelsea will surely have taken enough confidence from their big win in Bucharest to seal a win over a Norwich team with just two goals to their name in their last five league games, and three clean sheets in their last four mean the visitors are not to be missed at 9/5 (2.80) to win to nil.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with Coral
||Chelsea to win to nil for a 1pt stake at 9/5 (2.80) with Coral
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.