Two teams with identical records over the last six games meet at Carrow Road on Saturday, yet away side Chelsea still find themselves odds-on favourites to beat Norwich in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
The Blues are priced at 3/5 to pick up all three points, leaving a home success at 17/4 and a draw at 19/10.
But while their price for victory suggests Chelsea are set to come away from Norfolk with all three points, odds of 27/20 on a draw or Norwich win in bwin’s double chance market look to underplay the chances of the Canaries spoiling Andre Villas-Boas’ afternoon.
Like Chelsea, Paul Lambert’s side are on a run of three consecutive victories and have picked up 12 points from their last seven league games.
And although the Blues have beaten league leaders Manchester City in this sequence, they have also dropped points to four teams in the bottom half of the table.
Furthermore, they have only scored more than once in one of their last six league games and, while Norwich’s inability to keep a clean sheet is a much-repeated fact, it is often forgotten that they have scored more goals at home than all but the top four teams in the Premier League.
Fourteen of the last 15 games involving the Canaries have seen both sides find the back of the net, while the same can be said for six of the last seven Chelsea matches.
This appears to leave Chelsea vulnerable and it would be far from the shock that bwin’s 3Way football betting market suggests if they failed to win.
After all, their last three away results have been 1-1 draws with Wigan and Fulham and a fortuitous 2-1 win over Wolves.
Meanwhile, Norwich have shown mettle with hard-fought wins away against QPR and West Brom in their last two matches and boast home wins over Sunderland, Swansea, QPR and Newcastle this season.
Far from the basement battlers they were expected to be at the start of the season, the Canaries have proved themselves more than capable of beating the top teams.
A successful £25 free bet on Norwich to win or draw against Chelsea is set to return £58.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
One final bet to consider is both teams to score at 31/50.
Again, this option will pay out more than a Chelsea win despite looking more likely given Norwich’s aforementioned defensive and attacking records.
Furthermore, 14 of the last 15 games involving the Canaries have seen both sides find the back of the net, while the same can be said for six of the last seven Chelsea matches.
Both teams also scored when Norwich visited Stamford Bridge back in August.
Chelsea came out on top in that game with a 3-1 scoreline, although it took John Ruddy’s sending off in the 80th-minute and the resulting penalty from Frank Lampard to move the Blues clear.
And with the Canaries pushing the 2010 Premier League champions so close on their own ground, this provides one final reason why a Norwich win or draw looks a better option than a Chelsea win.
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