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Norwich City vs. Chelsea

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Norwich v Chelsea Preview

This weekend Chelsea are up in Norfolk taking on a Norwich side and looking to take the three points on offer to hang onto the Premier League pace-setters. Our hosts have a compact ground that reminds me of how football used to be when I was younger atmosphere wise. Norwich will be test, as most teams are, to get a result against one of the fancied teams in the Premier League. Can Norwich upset the apple-cart or will Jose`s side return to London with all three points?

Vital Quotes:

Ahead of the clash Jose Mourinho, at his pre-match press conference gave a few views on the Premier League remarking,

'I think the league will be open until the end."

'At this moment some teams are being helped by the fixtures, some are more difficult than others. Manchester United have the most difficult one, immediately followed by us. I think by the end of November, that is the moment we will find out somebody is in a little bit better situation than others. I think this season can go all the way, and I think that is good.'

'Every weekend someone can lose points."

"In relation to my team at this moment we are not strong enough to be dominant in every match and win consecutively. That is my point of view.'

And that is just how it should be, a competitive league!

Norwich City Team News:

Chris Hughton will be sweating on the fitness of Sebastien Bassong who has still to recover from a hamstring problem that has affected him for the last few weeks.

Also rated as doubtful are Javier Garrido and Nathan Redmond, both were absent last week. Ricky van Wolswinkel has missed a training session or two this week with a toe injury but should be fit.

Player to watch: Ricky van Wolfswinkel

The name itself just suggest he is somebody to look at!

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea travel to Carrow Road with a strong squad. Injury wise Marco Van Ginkel remains a long term casualty whilst Eden Hazard will be hoping to shake off an injury that prevented him from travelling to Bucharest for the recent Champions League game against Steau.

Fernando Torres is also injured but the red card he received at White Hart Lane, last weekend would have ruled him out anyway.

With Torres out injured we expect Samuel Eto`o to deputize for the Spaniard.

Player to watch: Juan Mata

It was said man a time last season that when Juan Mata didn`t play Chelsea didn`t play. Since he returned to the starting eleven Chelsea have looked more fluent going forward and far more creative in front of goal.

Match Facts & Stats

The omens are good, for Saturday, if you cast an eye into the record books. Norwich City have not registered a win against Chelsea in the past nine meetings between the two clubs. The last time Norwich beat Chelsea, in this fixture, was back in December 1994 when we lost 3-0.

Last season Chelsea emerged victorious courtesy of a goal from Juan Mata.

Ref Watch:

The nominated officials for this encounter are;- Referee - N. Swarbrick Assistant - P. Kirkup Assistant - D. Eaton Fourth Official - R. Madley

Match Prediction:

Delia Smith and Stephen Fry would probably disagree with me completely but I`m of the opinion that Chelsea will have far too much class for Norwich and that given the right application they can walk away from this one with a comfortable win, quite possibly by 3-1 with Eto`o getting his first goal for Chelsea!

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture, after the break for World Cup Qualifiers, will be against Cardiff City, at Stamford Bridge, on Saturday 19th October.

The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 4 2013

Time: 4:32PM

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Lets Go Blues
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04/10/2013 17:04:00

Its like beating a dead horse for me but I hope Azpi gets a chance, feel really bad for him. I think he should be the preferred RB.
Pavel Permiachkin
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04/10/2013 17:21:00

Get d team right & we wil b celebrate d win by Sunday evening. There is no room 4 complacent bcos we need dis 3points badly as we hope our rivals wil drop vital points dis weekend
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04/10/2013 18:26:00

On think Demba Ba would get a start of Etoo and maybe Willian or debruyne to start ahead of Oscar who has had too many games already
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04/10/2013 22:32:00

"Player to watch: Ricky van Wolfswinkel The name itself just suggest he is somebody to look at!".Hahahahaha merlin funny there.You scared WOLFSwinkel would scare our defenders away ???.Lol.I think the player to watch should be Snodgrass.A winger.And arguably their most dangerous player.
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04/10/2013 22:38:00

Its not gonna be an easy game but i hope we get all 3points,our attackers have to show up with their scoring boots well laced on their foot
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04/10/2013 22:55:00

Wishing the team goodluck oya lets go chelsea#
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04/10/2013 23:12:00

Note for admin...match is sunday 6th
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04/10/2013 23:39:00

we are begining to improve as a team..i know we can beat norwich and we will..gudluck to the lads
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05/10/2013 07:29:00

Mata have always brought on his A game against norwich city, giving the fact that he had is debut against them back in 2011 if memory serves me right, so I'll place a bet that he'll be the orchestrator of their doom again tommorow afternoon, it should be a good entertaining game. Schurrle would probably start and I hope he brings more to the table, mata, and perhaps willian, ramires and lampard would probably retain their positions in the pivot
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05/10/2013 07:30:00

I believe that we react to the media too much and we believe everything they say without giving any room for doubt to confirm the real story, I remembered most of us were highly disappointed with the board and management for letting lukaku leave the club on loan to everton, but looking at the interview, it is evident that he asked mourinho to let him leave. Read more ..............................
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05/10/2013 09:09:00

Eto should score! I'm expecting a 2-0 victory.:-)
Shirish Adhikari
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05/10/2013 10:27:00

Everton manc should end in a draw.. Manu should lose at Sunderland n arsenal should get kicked tomo!
Shirish Adhikari
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05/10/2013 10:29:00

Very good article Des...... Really says much about the Lad..... I can't wait to have him terrorizing all the defenders in a chelsea jersey........
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05/10/2013 11:20:00

A win is all that matters..... Hopefully, one of our strikers would finally get an EPL goal..... I really wanna see Cahill, Cesar, Willian, Ba & maybe KDB at some point in the match.......
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05/10/2013 11:23:00


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