Chelsea v Norwich City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 4th May 2014 at 16:00. Venue: Stamford Bridge, London.

Odds: Chelsea 2/9, Draw 6/1, Norwich City 17/1

Last season: 4-1

Preview & injury news

Some will have given Chelsea's title hopes very little hope ahead of last weekend's clash with Liverpool. Even after their 2-0 win at Anfield they remain outsiders as they trail the leaders by two points going into the final two games, but they at least have a chance of winning the title. They will be keen to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals and finish the season strongly by winning their remaining two games. Their form has been patchy in the league of late having won four and lost three out of their last seven matches. 

The form of the side they are facing, however, is far worse as Norwich City have lost each of their last five games, and there is seemingly no new manager effect for Neil Adams with his record of played three, lost three as the Canaries have slipped into the drop zone on goal difference. Their survival chances are looking slim, as they face Arsenal on the final day of the season. One thinks if they are to survive, they need to follow in the steps of relegation rivals Sunderland and get a result at Stamford Bridge.

On the injury front, given that John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o returned to action for the Champions League defeat in midweek, it would appear the only real injury concern for Chelsea is that of Petr Cech who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. He was, however, in training this week.

For Norwich, their only notable injury worry is defender Joseph Yobo who has been struggling with a calf problem, though it is said he does have a chance of making the squad for this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Key stats

Here are the two teams top scorers in the Premier League this season:

Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 14 33 2,761
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 9 21 1,306
Oscar Chelsea MF 8 32 2,053
André Schürrle Chelsea FW 7 28 1,212
Gary Hooper Norwich FW 6 31 1,986
Robert Snodgrass Norwich MF 6 28 2,392
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 3 29 2,465
Bradley Johnson Norwich MF 3 30 2,281

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Chelsea 54.08 36
Norwich City 45.89 36

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept this season:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Chelsea 17 36
Norwich City 11 36

5 players to watch

Eden Hazard - Hazard returned to the side from injury in the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid, and with the Blues' title hopes reinvigorated after last weekend's win over Liverpool, Jose Mourinho may be looking to his top scorer to display the very best of his attacking prowess.

Nathan Redmond - With Chelsea likely to have the lions' share of the play, Norwich may try and play on the counter-attack with Redmond, who has a lot of pace and has impressed a few this season. If the Canaries to leave with an unlikely positive result, Redmond could be the catalyst.

Nemanja Matic - Ever since his return to Stamford Bridge from Benfica, Matic has been impressive in the middle of the park. He's broken up the play well, launched counter-attacks and provided a great amount of steel in the midfield. It wouldn't be surprising to see another dominant display again on Sunday.

Steven Whittaker - It was Whittaker's foul on Danny Welbeck that led to the floodgates ultimately opening at Old Trafford last weekend, when Norwich were on the end of a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United. There is going to be a real need for concentration from Norwich if they are to get a good result out of the game.

John Terry - Having played in the Atletico Madrid clash when there were doubts over his fitness, it will be interesting to see if there are any lasting effects of that ankle injury. The chances are if Terry wants to play, then he will. If the visitors sense there may be the slightest bit of weakness from the former England captain then they may target him.

Earlier on in the season

Norwich City 1-3 Chelsea, October 2013

It was Chelsea's first Premier League away win of the season, and the visitors left it a little late to strike the decisive blow. They got off to the perfect start, though, as Demba Ba teed up Oscar to score with a low finish inside four minutes. There were a couple of chances at either end but the score remained 1-0 until the break. Midway through the second half, the home side found an equaliser courtesy of an Anthony Pilkington header after a knockdown from Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. Norwich pushed forward looking for a winner but Chelsea hit them on the counter-attack with five minutes to go which ultimately ended with Eden Hazard poking the ball home from close range. A minute later the scoring was rounded off by Willian with a stunning curling effort.

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