Norwich City were odds-on to be relegated this season following a double promotion from League One to Championship and then the top flight. However, Paul Lambert’s team are close to amassing the total number of points required to stay in the division.
The Canaries will certainly have nothing to lose from this contest against a Chelsea team who are out of the Premier League title race and are now aiming to stave off Arsenal and Liverpool to ensure they finish fourth in the table.
Norwich have won their last three matches in all competitions and can be backed at 5/1 (bet365 bookmakers) to claim yet another victory which would actually move them to within nine points of the Blues.
New signing Jonny Howson might not be in a position to play, although Steve Morison will continue to spearhead the attack following his winner at The Hawthorns last weekend and the former Millwall striker is a 9/1 chance with Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) to break the deadlock.
Chelsea continue to be without the services of Didier Drogba due to the African Cup of Nations and it might be the case that the Ivory Coast striker has played his last game for the west London club.
However, the bookmakers are still only prepared to quote a best price 8/13 (Paddy Power free bets) that Andre Villas-Boas’ side collect their sixth away win, having achieved a 50% victory rate on the road so far.
Fernando Torres looked sharp during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Sunderland last weekend and the Spaniard is 11/2 (William Hill) to score the first goal of the game, with Daniel Sturridge expected to return to the starting line-up.