Chelsea will set about rebuilding their Stamford Bridge stronghold against a pulverised Norwich that are begging for their final away fixture of the campaign to be over.
Few travel as poorly as the Canaries, with the standard they’ve set in the second half of the season in particular lowering the bar to such a level that ants are Fosbury Flopping over it completely untaxed.
There’s no prizes for guessing that the Blues are overwhelming favourites to win this one, but it does come as something of a surprise to see the hosts priced at 83/100 to win to nil.
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Prior to Sunderland breaching the west Londoners’ defence in their last league game, no side in nine had bagged at the Bridge.
The long list of stables unable to find a way through the Blues’ brick-wall backline includes elite outfits such as Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Aside from a left-field stalemate with West Ham, the pioneers of 19th century football, according to the Special One, each of these visitors unable to banish the bagel from their half of the scoreboard all departed defeated.
If the table was comprised on away results alone, Norwich’s position in the top-tier would be untenable with one match to play.
Neil Adams’ temporary team have picked up a miserable eight points on the frog this term, a total that is outdone by the remaining 19 clubs in the division and is four points shy of that managed by the men possessing the fourth-worst record.
A major factor behind the formulation of their feeble total and subsequent nose-dive through the Premier League’s nether regions is the fact that they’ve lost eight successive outings beyond the confines of Carrow Road.
Add an FA Cup loss at Fulham into the mix and that makes nine straight away losses for the beleaguered East Anglians.
In this nine-game streak of sorrow, the Canaries have failed to find the net two thirds of the time.
Against adversaries boasting Chelsea’s defensive acumen, these dreary attacking stats don’t make for easy reading for the travelling support who will fully expect another goalless away day here.