Few goals expected at Carrow Road - Betting Preview
Norwich v Chelsea, 13:30 - live on Sky Sports 1
Jose Mourinho is back at the Bridge for what seemed like a fairytale return, but things haven't gone to plan and, while the Portuguese is not under pressure, results must improve.
Chelsea (4/6) started their season off with a routine 2-0 defeat of newly promoted Hull, followed by a hard fought 2-1 victory of Aston Villa - both at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues, clearly content to play out a draw under their manager's instruction, then recorded a 0-0 away to Manchester United. That was followed by a heartbreaking UEFA Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich on penalties - a game in which Chelsea were winning until Javi Martinez scored an injury time goal in extra time.
A shocking 2-1 defeat at home to Basle in the UEFA Champions League then followed, with Everton later defeating Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park. Results did, however, improve for Jose as his charges recorded a 2-0 victory over Fulham, drew 1-1 away to Spurs and, most recently, defeated Steaua Bucharest 4-0 in Romania.
Of course, Mourinho's decision to loan Lukaku out when Chelsea don't currently field a striker that consistently scores goals is befuddling to most - as was dropping Mata and David Luiz - but there's a lot of work to do in all areas and Jose knows what he's doing, doesn't he?
Norwich (5/1) drew 2-2 with Everton on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season, with new singing Ricky van Wolfswinkel (10/1 to score first, 10/3 anytime) notching his first goal for the Canaries.
In the Premier League, Chis Hughton's side then lost 1-0 away to Hull, beat Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road, lost 2-0 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane, 1-0 at home to Aston Villa and, finally, won 1-0 at Stoke.
So, what we can deduce from Norwich's results in 2013/14 is that they are inconsistent in the 90 minutes market, but very consistent at their involvement in low scoring games.
Which is, coupled with the fact that all three of Chelsea's away Premier League games have contained two goals or less this season, why I think that the best bet in Norwich v Chelsea is under 2.5 goals - available at 10/11.
Sure, Chelsea have a relatively big squad and will probably win, but they played midweek and I expect that Jose will be happy with a 1 or 2-0 victory.
Finally, our Opta Offer is Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 3/1, with Eto'o and Chelsea to win at 7/4 and van Wolfswinkel and Norwich to win at 12/1 our respective Headline Offers.
Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals (10/11)