Chelsea still awaiting their first Premier League away win of the season in October will come as a surprise to many, but the fixture calendar can be held accountable in part having sent them to Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham for their first three road games.
A trip to Norwich will prove the perfect tonic to for this particular ailment, with the Blues priced as short as 53/100 to pick up their first away day spoils of the season. Their Norfolk-dwelling adversaries are on offer at a beefy 5/1 with bwin, while the draw can be snapped up at 3/1.
Norwich have conceded 64 goals in the past two seasons versus the elite
The Canaries have done exceptionally well to survive in the Premier League over the previous two seasons. Their squad has never been flush with attacking options and, to compensate for this deficiency, they’ve centred their survival quests around a solid backline.
However, when tearing up with the Premier League’s more formidable outfits, waste has been lain to their safety-first policy with a staggering 64 goals flying in their net in two season’s worth of meetings with the top seven.
Furthermore, they conceded four or more at least once when facing Man United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Jose Mourinho’s side, whom they have shipped three or more against in six of their past eight renewals.
This adds appeal to the 11/5 on offer for Chelsea to register three goals or more here.
Juan Mata has bagged two in his four league clashes with Norwich
In his two full seasons in west London following a move from Valencia, Mata has undoubtedly been Chelsea’ best player.
Mourinho may not agree, but is starting to come around, asking the diminutive Spaniard to bail him out at White Hart Lane in their last outing.
He obliged and that could see him start here, where he’ll be looking to add to his record of one goal every other game against their forthcoming foes.
Mata is available at 2/1 to notch at any point of the Norwich game.
Norwich’s last five league games have seen a clean sheet either way
Chris Hughton’s charges have chalked up two shut outs in their past five, while three opponents have kept them at bay in the remaining games.
Another clean sheet could well be on the cards knowing that the Blues have prevented their opponents scoring in three of their past four in all competitions.
An away win to nil may tempt here then at 27/20.