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Norwich – Chelsea 06.10.2013


Norwich – Chelsea 06.10.2013

Norwich have just two victories in this season, a minimal 1:0 win over Stoke City in the last round and the win with same result against Southampton at the end of August. They earned seven points so far and currently sit on the 14th position. Their actual form could be described as far from good, but the victory in the last round is surely a positive moment. The defenders Sebastian Bassong and Javier Garrido, as so the midfielder Nathan Redmond are doubtful as they are continuing to recover from injuries.

Chelsea have won three of their opening six fixtures, so they currently sit on the fifth position on the table. The fans’ expectations were big after Jose Mourinho was announced as new manager, but the reality is different. The Blues are still without victory on their away matches. They took a point from Tottenham and Manchester United, while lost to Everton.

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Interesting, Chelsea have exactly the same league record as they had at this stage in the season 2007/08, when the owner Roman Abramovich fired Jose Mourinho after six games (W3, D2, L1). But there is a positive moment for Chelsea too. They are coming into the match off the back of a 4:0 success over Steaua Bucuresti in UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Mourinho has two worries in front of this match. He will be without the suspended striker Fernando Torres, so Samuel Eto’o is expected to lead the attack. Eden Hazard is an injury doubt, meaning Juan Mata could start if necessary. As You can see, Mourinho has a big roster, so the potential absence of any player is not a big problem.

Chelsea have an excellent mutual record against Norwich. The Blues have seven victories in the eight previous matches, with only one draw. I believe Chelsea will win again.

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