Chelsea chance to gain advantage in title race, if others slip
Chelsea have scored exactly four times against Norwich in four of their last five matches at home in all competitions, and are priced at 5/2 to get over 3.5 goals again here at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues entertain a Canaries side (1/12 to go down) who look destined for the drop this season. Norwich have lost their last five games, and now sit in the relegation zone in 17th place – equal on points with Sunderland, who have a game in hand – with just two matches to go. They also face a final day fixture against Arsenal.
Chelsea have won eight out of their last nine head-to-heads with the Canaries in all competitions, and are heavily odds-on at 1/5 for victory. Their recent 2-0 away defeat of leaders Liverpool still puts them in contention for the title, and their price of 14/1 to claim the trophy is enticing looking at the situation.
Jose Mourinho’s men are just two points behind the Reds and one ahead of Manchester City – who have a game in hand. Both their rivals, however, face tricky away fixtures against Crystal Palace and Everton respectively, and losses in those games would put Chelsea firmly on the front foot going into the final day of the season.
Norwich will be able to take heart from the fact that their opponents in the penultimate game of the campaign have lost three out of their last seven in the league. They are a long shot at 14/1 to win the match, but odds of 11/2 for a draw are much more likely.
In terms of injuries, Chelsea will have key duo John Terry and Eden Hazard available, after they came through the Champions League semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid without any complaints. Keeper Petr Cech is still missing, however, while Ramires is suspended. For Norwich, Joseph Yobo is available for selection after injury.
The Blues are in serious danger of not winning a single trophy this season, and so will give it all they’ve got to ensure they are in the mix for the final day. You can back Fernando Torres, who netted the only goal for his club in Chelsea’s 3-1 second leg loss to his former side Atletico, to score anytime again odd-on at 8/13.