Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Matic, Schurrle, Willian, Hazard, Eto’o
Chelsea were beaten at home for only the second time in Jose Mourinho’s tenure after going down 3-1 against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Now the Blues’ only hope of silverware this season relies on Liverpool and Manchester City slipping up in the race for the league title. John Terry and Eden Hazard return to the lineup after a full 90 minutes in midweek, with Lampard filling in for the suspended Ramires in the center of midfield. Samuel Eto’o should lead the line from the start, with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba possible options.
Norwich (4-3-1-2): Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Turner, Olsson, Johnson, Fer, Howson, Snodgrass, Hooper, Redmond
Norwich are currently on a five game losing streak which has seen Sunderland over-take them into 17th place. Now in the relegation zone, the Canaries have no choice but to take as many points as possible in their next two games, which happen to be against Chelsea and Arsenal. Coach Neil Adams will probably name a similar lineup that went to the 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford, with Joseph Yobo slotting into the center-back slot after recovering from injury. Snodgrass will sit ‘in the hole’ behind Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel an alternative.
A win against Norwich on Sunday will secure a top-3 finish for Chelsea. This means no Champions League playoffs for the Blues.
— thatWallace (@thatwallace) May 2, 2014
Chelsea are gonna park the bus this week… Against Norwich… At home
— Sivas Suleiman (@SivasSuleiman) May 1, 2014
Mamadou Sakho predicting Norwich to beat Chelsea 3-0, gotta love the guy
— Calum Paton (@calum_paton) May 1, 2014
Willian scores a golazo against Norwich earlier this season, his first for the club.
Stamford Bridge isn’t the happiest of places at the moment but you can expect Eden Hazard to do all he can to impress his fans. The skilful player loves the game and with prospects of a summer transfer, will want to impress the scouts as well.
Chelsea vs. Norwich: An Alternative Preview
Chelsea have not lost consecutive home league games since October/November 2011, when they lost to Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Canaries have lost their last eight away games in the Barclays Premier League.
Eden Hazard has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Premier League this season (87).
Fernando Torres and Ricky van Wolfswinkel have managed a combined 25 shots on target between them in the Premier League this season.
Torres has come on from the bench and been booked in each of his last two league appearances.
Demba Ba and Willian have scored four of Chelsea’s last five league goals.
Chelsea have won their last 11 games on a Sunday but only two of their last five played on a Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has won all eight games played on a Sunday this season after winning only one of his final 10 Sunday games in his first spell at the club.
Norwich have scored 13 goals in their last five Premier League games played in May.
Chelsea have won only four of their last 10 Premier League games played in May.