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Chelsea entertain Stoke City this weekend at Stamford Bridge and Stoke boss Mark Hughes is still baffled over Chelsea’s poor start to the campaign.

Mark Hughes, who used to play for Chelsea, said he is more confused about them unable to win a game at the start of the season than he is in their ability to shoot up the table to reach the top ten. Chelsea now find themselves in a position where they could potentially make European places by the end of the season.

“I think everybody was scratching their heads as to why Chelsea couldn’t win games. They were losing and drawing but couldn’t put teams away, which was something they’ve always been able to do.

“It’s only in recent weeks that they’ve been able to get in the top 10 for the first time. No one could have anticipated that at the start of the season.

“They’ve got themselves into position where they can have a strong finish, may well into European places. The Champions League spots … we’ll have to wait and see. They may need others to slip up … but they have got the potential to go on a run which can take them a long way.”

 

Has just finished an incredible Tuesday and Wednesday of Premier League; yesterday Chelsea, Bournemouth and Everton won their game against Norwich, Southampton and Aston Villa. A draw has defined the fight between Sunderland and Palace, whereas Leicester have been stopped by a valiant West Bromwich Albion.

Tonight, Arsenal (1-2 at home versus Swansea) and Tottenham (1-0 away in the derby versus Hammers) lost their games valid to engage Leicester and then, considering yesterday’s draw of Foxes, Ranieri and his fellows gained one point above both of them.

Manchester United solved the hassle Watford with a penalty shot realized by Juan Mata, whereas an angry and brave Liverpool took their revenge on Manchester City: 3-0 – signed by Lallana, Milner, then Firmino – and mission accomplished.

West Ham and Swansea are without hesitations the heroes of tonight; with their crazy victories Leicester maintain once again their leadership on the League table. Stoke City gets in trouble Newcastle with a Shaquiri goal, and now Magpies are approaching to relegation zone. Actually they are already there, but still have a match to play against Citizens. So probably no many chances for them, but football is strange and then never say never.

Meanwhile, let’s toast this wide open league table.

 

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Gary Cahill spoke about Diego Costa‘s good form.

The Spaniard is back to last season level after a disappointing start of the season and it is not a case Chelsea started to win again:

It is perfect timing to have Costa back to his very best with the big games we have coming up. He’s scoring goals and long may that continue. I’m sure for a striker if you start scoring goals, you think you will score every time you get on the pitch. He is in that mind-set now.”

“People aren’t talking about him not scoring for three-four games or whatever any more like earlier in the season. His record is great at the minute, so he feels confident. Ultimately for us if we have Diego in form and scoring goals, it’s great for the team.”

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Chelsea Central midfielder Namanja Matic told Chelsea TV that he believes the Blues can still reach the top 6 despite a slow start to the season.

“It’s very important to win games.

“We’re a big team and we have to do this if we want to be closer to the first four. It’s very difficult to catch them, but we’ll try our best to win every game.

“I think we can be in the first six, but we will try to win every game. I know it’s difficult, maybe impossible, but in football anything can happen.

“We will go game by game, step by step, and we will see in the end where we finish in the league.”

Chelsea currently find themselves in 8th position only 5 points behind 5th placed Manchester United.

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Last night, Guus Hiddinnk decided to start with the young Brazilian and that selection has been inspired.
After just 39 seconds Kenedy had collected a pass from Eden Hazard, slipped past two defenders and hit a low-shot past Ruddy into the bottom corner, for his first Premier League goal.

The goal was the fastest Premier League goal of the season, with Kenedy now heading a top five that reads as thus:

Kenedy – Chelsea -39 seconds
Matt Ritchie – Bournemouth – 49 seconds
Enner Valencia – West Ham – 53 seconds
James Milner – Liverpool – 66 seconds
Dele Alli – Spurs – 96 seconds

 

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Norwich manager Alex Neil says he is disappointed with the manner of the goals his side conceded against Chelsea as they lost 2-1 at Carrow Road. The Canaries conceded after 39 seconds to Kenedy’s fastest goal of the Premier League season so far and then Diego Costa‘s strike before half-time should have been ruled out for offside, but by assistant referee’s fault the goal has been awarded, in spite of the protests of players and manager.

“He is offside. I’ve seen it back on the video” Neil said. “You would expect the officials to get it right. It’s disappointing they don’t get it right. They’ll be disappointed they didn’t get it right. But the linesman’s called it how he saw it. It’s not as if he’s two or three yards offside. He’s probably a yard, half a yard. You’d like to think he would’ve got that one correct, but when you’re down at that bottom end those wee bits of fortune that you look for just don’t come your way. We’re disappointed, really frustrated, but it is what it is.”

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink on his side was yet to see a replay of the Costa goal, but was frustrated the Blues had not scored a second prior to then. He said: “I haven’t seen it yet, but if so I can understand if people are frustrated in the other dressing room”.

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The official line ups for tonight’s game against Canaries

NORWICH – Ruddy, Bennett, Martin, Klose, Pinto, Tettey, Howson, Brady, Redmond, Hoolahan, Jerome

Subs: Rudd, Olsson, O’Neil, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Jarvis, Mbokani.

Manager: Alex Neil

CHELSEA – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore, Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato, Remy

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: L. Mason

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich, UK

7.45 pm GMT

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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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