Kick-off: 2015, 14/07/2020
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
Chelsea now know they must finish in the top four to secure a Champions League place but should have little trouble taking a step towards that target when they host Norwich.
The Canaries were relegated at the weekend after a 4-0 thrashing by West Ham and have only managed one goal in their six games since the campaign resumed, as well as just seven goals on their travels all season.
This looks a home banker and the Blues to win to nil at 4/5 is our opening Chelsea vs Norwich prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea will be determined to bounce back quickly from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Blues had won five of their six previous Premier League matches but were roundly beaten on their first visit to Bramall Lane in nearly 14 years.
Manager Frank Lampard said: “You tend to learn more from tough moments and tough games. The most important thing is that collectively it is not (time) to cry our eyes out. They were better than us physically, better than us mentally, better with the ball.
“We have to put this to bed and keep fighting to finish in the top four. We are still in that race because what we have done this season.
“I know we can’t approach our games against Norwich, Manchester United, Liverpool or Wolves in the same vein.”
We expect Chelsea to win the physical battle against a team already relegated and this is a perfect opportunity to get back on track.
Their strikers had an off day at Bramall Lane but Olivier Giroud had scored in four of his previous six appearances so we’re backing the Frenchman to score in a home win at 19/20 in the Chelsea vs Norwich odds.
Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Christensen, Zouma, James, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham, Willian.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
The writing was already on the wall for Norwich but they went down with a whimper as they were beaten 4-0 at home to West Ham.
The manner of that defeat does not bode well for their two remaining away games at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in their final game.
If they play with more pride than they showed at the weekend, there is some hope that they can at least hold out until half-time.
Chelsea have only been leading at half-time in one of their five games against the current bottom three this season but went on to win three of them, including a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road in August.
That suggests backing the Blues to win after drawing at half-time is worth including in our Chelsea vs Norwich betting tips at 31/10.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Lewis, Klose, Vrancic, Hernandez, Buendia, Stiepermann, Tettey, Pukki.
Sheff Utd 3-0 CHELSEA
NORWICH 0-4 West Ham
Head-to-head: Norwich 2-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-1 Norwich (Chelsea won 5-3 on penalties), Norwich 0-0 Chelsea, Norwich 1-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 1-0 Norwich, Chelsea 0-0 Norwich, Norwich 1-3 Chelsea
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