Norwich vs Chelsea betting
Norwich take on Chelsea in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday, looking to continue their good run of form. The Canaries have won their last three games in all competitions and will be looking to take advantage of the Blues stop, start season. Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse of this fixture at the start of the season, but can they gain a good win here to cement their Champions League place?
Norwich City are on a good run of form recently, after winning their last 3 games in all competitions, they are also unbeaten in their last 4. City’s home and away form has been almost identical this season, gaining 15 points on home turf and 13 points away. This would suggest Norwich haven’t really benefited from playing in front of their home crowd this season, and is perhaps why they are as long as 6.0 with Bet365 to get the win. Although Paul Lambert’s men have done very well so far, they have struggled against the better teams in the division, and have lost against Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United so far. Despite this, their long odds mean they are a good outside bet against a Chelsea side that has been very up and down. Steve Morison is Norwich’s top scorer this season with 8 goals in 20 games, and so the former Millwall man is looking a great bet at 10.0 with Ladbrokes to open the scoring.
After 4 games without a win in December, Chelsea have responded well in January with 3 straight wins in all competitions. Chelsea still sit in 4th place in the league, but a good win here would help put pressure on the teams above. Andre Villas-Boas’ men are favourites going into the tie, with a correct score prediction of 2-1 looking particularly good value with odds of 8.5 available from Skybet. Chelsea have looked vulnerable to pace recently, so if they are going to come away with all 3 points here, they will have to keep Simeon Jackson and Elliot Bennett quiet. New signing Gary Cahill is likely to start on the bench, which means Chelsea will continue with the defence that has looked far from solid so far. With this in mind, betting on over 2.5 goals is looking a good idea with odds of 1.62 at Betfred. Daniel Sturridge has done extremely well this season, and has bagged 9 goals in 15 games. So betting on the former Man City player to score at any time during the game, is looking good with odds of 2.25 available from Stan James.
Norwich WIN – 6.0 Bet365
Steve Morison 1st goal scorer – 10.0 Ladbrokes
2-1 Chelsea WIN – 8.5 Skybet
Daniel Sturridge anytime scorer – 2.25 Stan James
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