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Norwich vs Chelsea – Match Preview

Norwich pair Sebastian Bassong and Wes Hoolahan are fitness doubts with the unspecified injuries that kept them out of Saturday’s defeat at Leicester.

Andre Wisdom is still sidelined by a knee injury, while Patrick Bamford is ineligible to face his parent club.

Chelsea winger Pedro will miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury against Southampton on Saturday.

Captain John Terry remains out with a similar problem but Alexandre Pato could be involved for the first time.

Editor’s Note: It’s now 7 matches without a win for Norwich a run form which is even worse than basement side Aston Villa. It’s only Goal Difference which is keeping them the right side of the dotted relegation line at the moment and they need to make sure 7 without a win doesn’t become 8 with the visit of Chelsea this Evening.

They were unfortunate not to come away with a point on Saturday as they were felled by Leonardo Ulloa’s late winner at The King Power. But again it shows poor game management from Alex Neil’s side, the last two matches has seen them firstly throw away a two goal lead at West Ham and then failure to see Saturday’s encounter out when they could have gained a vital point.

They’ve conceded 51 goals this season, the joint highest amount in the Premier League along with fellow relegation battling side Sunderland. Their Defence did look better on Saturday but it wasn’t good enough and they came away empty handed.

Tonight they are going to have to make sure they raise their game as the Champions are coming in town and they are inform. Guus Hiddink is still yet to taste Premier League defeat since taking charge as Interim Manager for the second time

Their win over Southampton on Saturday was fortunate what with a late winner from Branislav Ivanovic but it also showed the spirit that seems to be back at the club, they now haven’t lost in 11 league matches as they look to salvage something of this shipwreck of a season.

That win also took them to the heady heights of 11th, they are in quite a congested part of the table where everyone seems to be taking points off each other, if results go their way over the next two days they could go as high as 8th and all of a sudden a Europa League place becomes an opportunity for next season.

I think they will go some way to getting to that target and more than likely into the top of the half of the table to add more respectability to this salvage job. More misery for Alex Neil’s Canaries as I reckon Chelsea will consign them to 8 matches without a win. An away win for me. 

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