Chelsea vs Norwich City Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Chelsea vs Norwich City in the FA Cup.
Chelsea vs Norwich City Match Preview
Norwich City earned an FA Cup replay over Premier League giants Chelsea and would now look to go one step further. This Chelsea vs Norwich City FA Cup fixture will be played at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, January 17. Will we see an upset or are Chelsea getting ready to maintain the status quo?
Chelsea are the last year beaten FA Cup finalists and must have watched the exit of holders Arsenal very keenly. Not just because the Gunners got thrown out of the tournament, but also because it made them sit up and take notice of the threat that lower-ranked sides bring in the FA Cup. Norwich lived up to that potential and held Chelsea to a goalless draw. Chelsea’s form didn’t improve after that, as they were held to another two goalless draws. First, it was the turn of Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final and then it was Leicester City in the Premier League. The Blues are unbeaten in their last ten competitive fixtures, although half of them have been drawn. It is in their own interest that Chelsea pick up form now!
Norwich weren’t expecting to go all the way in the FA Cup and more so once they were paired with Chelsea! But, it was to their credit that they have managed a replay. The Canaries are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions, winning three of them. However, they are 13th in the Championship after a poor spell of matches throughout November and December. That leaves them with no chance of silverware, but a great chance of extending the misery on the Blues. One thing in their advantage is their improved form at the back four. They have conceded just one goal in their last five encounters and have kept three clean sheets away from home. Can they spring a surprise in this Chelsea vs Norwich encounter?
Chelsea vs Norwich City H2H
According to a few soccer betting sites, Chelsea have won five and drawn two of their last seven encounters against Norwich. Four of those games have seen less than three goals and that should indicate the tight nature of their matches.
Chelsea vs Norwich City Team News
Chelsea will miss both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas for this encounter, as the duo are struggling with hamstring injuries. Ross Barkley is also not available yet.
For Norwich, the trio of Louis Thompson, Steven Naismith, and Matthew Jarvis are out of contention.
Chelsea vs Norwich City Probable Line-ups
Chelsea: Caballero (GK), Ampadu, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.
Norwich City: Gunn (GK), Hanley, Zimmermann, Klose, Pinto, Tettey, Trybull, Lewis, Vrancic, Maddison, Murphy.
Chelsea vs Norwich City Predicton
This will once again be a cagey affair, unless Chelsea find an early goal. We believe that the Canaries are an improved side in the recent past and could give the Blues a run for their goals. Expect this game to feature under 2.5 goals and we also feel that the hosts will have enough firepower to motor into the next round.