Chelsea vs Norwich City 05/03/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Chelsea (24-6-6) Norwich City (8-8-20)
Sunday 4th May 2014 16:00(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 2/9 Draw 13/2 Norwich City 16/1 See the Latest Odds
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Midweek defeat to Athletico Madrid was tough to take for Chelsea after a workman like perfromance in Madrid and taking the lead in Stamford Bridge, surely Jose Mourhino and his team was dreaming of a final in Lisbon. But Athletico were just better all over the pitch for the last sixty minutes and ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. Eden Hazard returned to the starting line up and Fernando Torres found the net but there was very little offensive cohesion in Chelsea's performance midweek. After a terrific win in Anfield last weekend the Blues looked all set to get to a champions league final but the just could not overcome a more talented Athletico team. But on Sunday at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will face a Norwich team that are really struggling and deep in a relegation battle. Obviously Chelsea are heavy favourites to get the win here and its really hard to see anything else.
Norwich were completely outplayed at Old Trafford last Sunday and have lost in a row. With a horrific run in it was always likely that Norwich would need more points than they had when entering the last five games. Snodgrass, Hooper and Wolfswinkel will look to bring the fight to Chelsea up front but all three have struggled to score goals all season and thats what has Norwich in the relegation battle, a lack of goals.
Its tough to see anything other than a Chelsea win here, even if Chelsea were to suffer a European hangover I still think they will have too much quality to overcome Norwich. I'm taking Chelsea to win on the shorter handicap, so Chelsea -1. I think there is every chance Chelsea win by three or more but I dont like taking a -2 handicap when teams are battling relegation. Chelsea -1 is the safer bet. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo