Norwich v Chelsea: Dropped points on cards for Mourinho

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Carrow Road didn’t prove the happiest of hunting grounds for those chasing European football last season, as Norwich won three times at home against clubs that went on to finish in the top six.

And they can continue to make life difficult for the big boys by holding Chelsea to a draw this season at 11/4, while the 5/4 on offer in the double chance market that Norwich either win or draw may warrant a second look.

Chelsea do tend to have the odd away hiccup each season, dropping away points to all three promoted clubs two campaigns ago and then last season failing to beat Reading and QPR on the road.

Although Chelsea seem to be improving on the road with goals in three consecutive away goals in all competitions, they have still only scored once away from Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season.

Given that Norwich have only scored twice in their last five league games, the best bet of the fixture may prove the 4/5 that under 2.5 goals are netted in the clash.

For those fancying Chelsea, it is 8/13 that they beat Norwich for the sixth time in seven meetings and value could be found looking for scorers at any time in the 90 minutes.

Ramires is the obvious name to consider at 4/1 bearing in mind that he has scored three in as many games, although he may return to a central position here, having played on the right in Europe.

However, it is Chelsea’s defenders that have the most appeal, even though Norwich are still to concede a header this season.

John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic must be regarded as the two most likely starters over David Luiz and Gary Cahill and so the focus is on them.

Ivanovic is 13/2 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes, with Terry slightly larger at 7/1.

But with the feeling that this will be low scoring, taking the plunge on Terry scoring first at 22/1 could reap rewards.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.