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Friday, 26 August 2011

Chelsea v Norwich: Chelsea hope to clip the Canaries’ wings


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Norwich City were denied their first home win of the season last weekend by a late equaliser from Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones. This Saturday they head to Stamford Bridge and the general public fears the worse for Paul Lambert’s men.

The Canaries have adapted to life in the top flight with relative ease and could easily be sitting here with maximum points. However, not too many teams leave Stamford Bridge with anything other than a right hiding.

Chelsea haven’t exactly been on top form so far this season, and were booed off at half-time against West Brom, but their class is undeniable. With the likes of Terry, Lampard, Torres and Drogba in the squad, Chelsea will always cause you problems. A number of pundits believe this will be the day Chelsea rediscover their form in front of goal. Predictions of 4-0 and 5-0 have come in thick and fast, but Lambert is a smart guy. He will have drilled his defenders all week about how to stop Chelsea scoring, but putting that theory into practice is a different matter. Their midweek drubbing to MK Dons in the Carling Cup was hardly ideal preparation for this weekend.

The Blues have clipped the Canaries’ wings in their past four meetings, winning three of them 4-0. You have to go back to October 1993 for the last time Norwich left west London with maximum points. That came in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Ruel Fox and Chris Sutton.

Can Norwich win at the Bridge for the first time in 18 years? The panel isn’t holding out much hope.

Chelsea v Norwich; Kick Off 3pm Aug 27 2011

Prediction Panel        

Arsenal

Don McMahon

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

3

V

0

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

3

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

3

V

0

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

4

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

2

Liverpool

Mark Williams

3

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

3

V

0

Man Utd

Peter Lee

4

V

0

Newcastle

Michael Stout

2

V

0

Norwich City

Sue Read

3

V

1

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

3

V    

0

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

4

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

3

V

1

Tottenham

Mike Richards

5

V

0

Swansea

Jim White

3

V

0

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

5

V

0

Wolves

Chris Cox

5

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

3

V

0

Writer

Phil Bundy

4

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

4

V

1

Writer

Matt Turner

2

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

4   

V

1

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

3

V

1

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

3

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

3

V

0

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

4

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

3

V

0

Panel Verdict

The panel is going for a home win.

Home: 35; Draw: 1; Away: 0.

* Do we have it right or do you know better? We’d love to hear from you.

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