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Curious conjecture according to The Times; in fact Blues would be ready to a massive bid for two central midfielders of ASRoma. Miralem Pjanic and Radja Nainngolan are two basic pawns of the italian capital’s team, but if the conditions are met they could give up and accept a monstre offer for two of their most important players nowadays.

We’re definitely talking about enormous amounts, which goes from £60m to higher requests. Roma‘s management still didn’t name a price, will they do it soon?

 

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NORWICH

  • Norwich pair Sebastian Bassong and Wes Hoolahan are fitness doubts with the unspecified injuries that kept them out of Saturday’s defeat at Leicester;
  • Andre Wisdom is still recovering by a knee injury and the young star Patrick Bamford can’t face his parent club.

CHELSEA 

  • Chelsea winger Pedro will miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury against Southampton on Saturday;
  • Captain John Terry is still out with a similar problem but Alexandre Pato could be involved for the first time.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Courtois, Azplicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Costa

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Norwich (4-4-1-1) Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett, Martin, Klose, Brady, Redmon, Tettey, Howson, Naismith, Jerome

Manager: Alex Neil

7:45pm Tuesday 1st March

Carrow Road

 

Shown below are the statistics of last fight in November between Blues and Canaries, during the first leg of Premier League 2015-16 and in which Chelsea get the best of Norwich with a tight 1-0 signed by Diego Costa.

Match Statistics

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday (19:45 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 29th February.

Norwich City win: SB – 17/4, L – 9/2, C – 19/4

Draw: SB – 3/1, L –3/1, C – 3/1

Chelsea win: SB – 8/13, L – 4/6, C – 8/13

 

First goalscorer:

Dieumerci Mbokani: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 7/1

Cameron Jerome: SB – 10/1 L – 10/1, C – 7/1

Steven Naismith: SB – 10/2, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

Robbie Brady: SB – 22/1, L – 22/1, C – 12/1

Wes Hoolahan: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 16/1

No goalscorer: SB – 11/1, L – 9/1, C – 11/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 10/3, L – 10/3, C – 7/2

Alexandre Pato: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 9/2

Willian: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 8/1

 

Final Score:

Norwich City win:

1-0: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 16/1

2-0: SB – 28/1, L – 25/1, C – 33/1

2-1: SB – 16/1, L – 14/1, C – 16/1

3-0: SB – 80/1, L – 66/1, C – 80/1

3-1: SB – 50/1, L – 40/1, C – 45/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

1-1: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 66/1, L – 50/1, C – 50/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 225/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 12/1

3-1: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 12/1

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Guus Hiddink is looking for his side to continue their brilliant domestic form as Chelsea take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues have scored 12 goals and conceded just three in their last three domestic outings, and victory in Norfolk could see them climb to their highest league position since the start of the season.

The Canaries however are in a dire run of form which has seen them pick up just one point in their last seven games – their recent form is worse than that of bottom club Aston Villa.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, then managed by Jose Mourinho, squeezed to a narrow victory as Diego Costa’s second-half goal secured a much-needed three points.

Last six games:

Norwich City: LLLLDL

Chelsea: WDDWLW (includes two FA Cup games and one Champions League game).

 

Team News:

– Chelsea are still without captain John Terry due to a hamstring injury.

– Pedro is also out with the same problem after coming off just minutes into his side’s 1-2 win over Southampton last Saturday.

– Striker Alexandre Pato could make his first Chelsea appearance, whilst Radamel Falcao remains out.

– Sebastian Bassong and Wes Hoolahan remain fitness doubts after unspecified injuries kept them out of the 1-0 defeat to Leicester last Saturday.

– Patrick Bamford is ineligible against his parent club.

– Andre Wisdom is still sidelined with a knee injury.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have won seven and drawn two of the last nine league meetings with Norwich.

– Norwich have taken just one point from their last three league games, and just one from 21 available in their last seven games overall.

– The Blues are unbeaten in their last five away league games (W3, D2), and are unbeaten under Hiddink in his second spell.

– Steven Naismith has scored six goals in seven Premier League appearances against Chelsea.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Norwich (away vs. Leicester City, lost 1-0): Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, Klose, Pinto, Brady, Tettey, Howson, Naismith, Redmond, Jerome.

Chelsea (away vs. Southampton, won 1-2): Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro, Costa.

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Transfer market's doubts for Blues: can Scott Dann really be the good man to shore up the defence?

If John Stones will really be the first summer signing at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola,  Chelsea should have to look somewhere else for their defensive reinforcements after their tried and failed sign for the english defender last summer.

Chelsea have then identified Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann as an ideal summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mail, but Palace value the defender at £20m too much even for the huge Blues strongbox

The 29-year-old has recently signed a new five-year deal at Selhurst Park, which will not ease Chelsea’s hopes of getting the Eagles at a bargain.

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A defeat after 24 wins for the french manager, who anyway says he's not scared in view of their second leg against Chelsea away from home

Paris Saint-Germain has broken yesterday the unbeaten run in Ligue 1 through the defeat at home in front of Lyon; Lucas Moura scored trying to recover the 2-0 at Gerland, but that high note has not been enough for PSG. The reigning Ligue 1 champions has seemed to be below their best and Lyon played after all a massive and really brave game.

Blanc admitted the defeat and his hopes for the future, because yesterday’s performance had been a shocking surprise considering the usual shiny way of playing for the french squad.

With the Champions League second leg against Chelsea right around the corner and given that they won in France with a final 2-1 score, Blanc told reporters that “A wake-up call is exactly what I have told the players. I hope we will learn for the future. We’ve beaten a record anyway and that will always be there”.

 

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There's not guarantee for Blues captain to play on the first string in Champions next Wednesday facing Paris Saint Germain

Will John Terry play on the 9th of March at Stamford Bridge for the return of Uefa Champions League against Paris Saint Germain or he has to wait beyond?

The Blues captain missed the past three fixtures through a hamstring injury and in spite of the hope for his soon return, Hiddink retains a concern over his match fitness.

Guus Hiddink said: “We’ll see how we react and if he needs a game we might organise a game, an intense game. Maybe he needs 11 versus 11 at Cobham or maybe six versus six or seven versus seven but with intensity. It’s very tight, it’s very tight.”

The presence of Terry on the pitch is essential for Chelsea, given that Zouma has been out for months and Baba still doesn’t guarantee safety. Hiddink then ended: “If the medical staff says yes and John says so then I’ll be careful because I have the experience in the past with these kind of injuries”.

 

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Bad stop for Gunners of Arsene Wenger, while Van Gaal finds again the taste of a win thanks to his young star Rashford

Good news for Manchester United, with an incredible explosion of the 1997 young Marcus Rashford thanks to whom Van Gaal has succeeded in winning the crucial match against Arsenal on this Sunday. Same happy ending also for Tottenham with a massive come back after Alberto Paloschi first goal for Swansea. Final result: 2-1 in favor of Spurs, now in second position on the league table just underneath Leicester City.

An eleventh hour win for Ranieri’s boys this time against Norwich, match determined by Leonardo Ulloa: and the dream proceeds. Good work for Hammers and Stoke City, always merciless when they’re playing at home.

Chelsea recovers from a starting handicap with a great come back thanks to Fabregas and Ivanovic scores and gets a leg up to an unlucky Southampton. West Ham wins 1-0 against a Sunderland always in the rocks, while Stoke wiped out with a few difficulties Aston Villa, always last on the table. Brave game for West Brom that gives a cheap shot to Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace, now involved in the middle of the table. A no score draw for Watford and Bournemouth, while two matches have been postponed (Newcastle vs ManCity and Liverpool vs Everton) due to the League Cup Final at Wembley.

WEST HAM 1 – 0 SUNDERLAND (M.Antonio)

LEICESTER 1 – 0 NORWICH (L.Ulloa)

SOUTHAMPTON 1 – 2 CHELSEA (S.Long – C.Fabregas – B.Ivanovic)

WBA 3 – 2 CRYSTAL PALACE (C.Gardner – C.Dawson – S.Berahino – C.Wickham – C.Wickham)

WATFORD 0 – 0 BOURNEMOUTH

STOKE 2 – 1 ASTON VILLA (M.Arnautovic – M.Arnautovic – L.Bacuna)

TOTTENHAM 2 – 1 SWANSEA (N.Chadli – D.Rose – A.Paloschi)

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 – 2 ARSENAL (M.Rashford – M.Rashford – A.Herrera – D.Welbeck – M.Ozil)

 

THE LEAGUE TABLE

56 LEICESTER

54 TOTTENHAM

51 ARSENAL

47 MANCHESTER CITY

44 MANCHESTER UNITED

43 WEST HAM

40 SOUTHAMPTON

39 STOKE CITY

38 LIVERPOOL

37 WATFORD

36 CHELSEA

35 EVERTON

35 WEST BROM

32 CRYSTAL PALACE

29 BOURNEMOUTH

27 SWANSEA

24 NORWICH

24 NEWCASTLE

23 SUNDERLAND

16 ASTON VILLA

 

 

 

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“We have a tight schedule, Norwich on Tuesday and then Stoke and PSG. Surprisingly the Everton game was put on a Saturday instead of a Sunday”; these have been Guus Hiddink releases after the match against Southampton at Saint Mary Stadium.

After the next two Premier League games facing Norwich and Stoke, the Blues are going to play the paramount match against Paris Saint Germain on 9th of March at Stamford Bridge; on the 13rd they would have played another League super match against Liverpool, but it has been postponed. The odd fact is that on saturday 12nd – one day before the postponed one – has been arranged the FA Cup Quarter Final against Everton.

“Normally – continued then Guus – we should have played Liverpool on the Sunday. I don’t know who has decided that, all of a sudden, the Liverpool… It was astonishing that people could change the kick-off time”.

A strange and certainly debatable decision, but now Blues have to bite the bullet getting ready for the storm of tasks.

Given that Pedro, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato should be out for more than just a game, better not to dwell on it too much and carry on.

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These has been Branislav Ivanovic releases after yesterday’s victory on the thin ice against Southampton, where a header of Serbian defender meant for Chelsea the second back-to-back win after the huge one against Newcastle on 13rd of February.

“I didn’t actually see the ball go into the net but it is fantastic, a great feeling. I think these goals are not important for the individual but they are important for us and we work as a team”.

Ivanovic perfectly replaced the captain Terry, whom is still recovering from a tedious hamstring injury.

Yesterday’s score was the second of the season for the 32 years old central defender, scored just 14 minutes after Cesc Fabregas had cancelled out Shane Long’s first-half opener for Southampton.

 

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