Chelsea vs Norwich Betting Preview: Blues can beat-up rock-bottom Canaries


CHELSEA host Norwich on Tuesday night. Tom Love (@TomLove_18) shares his thoughts on the Premier League encounter.

Chelsea vs Norwich | Tuesday 14th July 2020, 20:15 | Sky Sports

Norwich had their fate sealed at the weekend after a shambolic 4-0 loss at home to West Ham. The Canaries were bad before the break but have come back with a worrying lack of form and a disappointing air of inevitability about their relegation.

Daniel Farke said after the weekend game that they had a 5% chance of staying up, I’m sorry but I’m not having that. They won the championship title last season lets not forget; it’s about the belief and ability to be competitive. Look at Sheffield United, if they can be in the running for Europa League what’s stopping Norwich from being at least in with a chance of survival. They’ve just rolled over. It's been embarrassing.

Farke has seemingly managed to avoid any criticism, something I’m baffled by. I’ve never known a manager of a team with 24 defeats to his name get such a free pass!

Fair enough, Norwich didn’t spend a boat load in the summer and some have said that’s good and clever management but they’re bottom of the league, it’s not. There were obvious defensive flaws in their promotion campaign and they seriously thought they could get away with that in the Premier League?

Chelsea, on the other hand, have largely been decent on the return to the Premier League since Project Restart. They have had impressive wins against Manchester City and Watford but have chucked in a few poor results against West Ham and Sheffield United.

There’s still defensive issues for Frank Lampard to clear up but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue here. Matteo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi could come back into the team to freshen things up. I expect the Blues to knock in a few goals here but I wouldn’t rule out a Norwich goal given the lapses of concentration at the back.

You have to stretch to a -2.5 Asian Handicap to get anything odds against on Chelsea here and that’s not really my bag. Instead, I’ll head to the BetBuilder market on Bet365 and combine a home win with Over 2 Goals and Norwich to have Over 0 Cards, that brings about a nice 4/5 shot.

The visitors rank sixth for cards away with 36 in 17 games, averaging over two per-game. Their lack of defensive and positional cohesion means players often find themselves in vulnerable areas and that’s even more of a worry with the ball carriers the hosts have.

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Chelsea vs Norwich – Chelsea to win, Over 2 Goals and Norwich Over 0 Cards (4/5 Bet365)

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