Both Chelsea and Norwich are unbeaten in the Premier League after two matches, although the bookmaker odds suggest that the visitors will do well to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge.
After draws against Wigan and Stoke, Paul Lambert’s team face a tough test against a side that were strengthened this week by the arrival of Juan Mata from Valencia, with the Spanish international in line to make his debut on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a flimsy 2-1 win over West Brom last weekend, the bookies are prepared to offer just 2/9 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) about a home win, with Andre Villas-Boas hoping that the victory over the Baggies helps Chelsea to get into their stride.
The manager has started both opening matches with Fernando Torres in attack and it seems logical to assume the Spaniard will retain his place as he looks to break his duck for the season. The firm standing taller than the rest are Coral (£25 free bet) with their 4/1 about El Nino breaking the deadlock and the same odds are available about Didier Drogba.
People looking for extra value can back Chelsea to lead at half-time and full-time at odds of 4/6 (Paddy Power), although Norwich are not at Stamford Bridge to make up the numbers and Lambert will have noticed how stifled their opponents’ play has been in the previous two games.
Every bookmaker in the land will be celebrating a draw and bet365 offer 11/2 that the game ends all square, while the Canaries are 14/1 with Ladbrokes to leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table with a win. Much depends on whether they can keep Torres, Mata and Co at bay for the first twenty minutes and there is the potential of a landslide victory with a 6-0 victory on offer at 50/1 (Sky Bet).