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Chelsea – Norwich (FA Cup)

Chelsea and Norwich City are up against each other on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, for the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Chelsea have been disappointing lately and arrive here after four consecutive draws, three of them by 0-0 including the reverse fixture against Norwich. The Canaries, on their turn, are improving their form and arrive here unbeaten in their last five consecutive matches, keeping clean sheets in four of them.

Chelsea entered directly into this 3rd round of the FA Cup, and after a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at Norwich’s home they now have the chance to play at home. This is a competition that the Blues have already won 7 times in their history, with the last one being in 2011/12, and since then they reached a semi-final in 2012/13 and the final in 2016/17, where they were eliminated by Manchester City and Arsenal, respectively. Antonio Conte’s men have not been at their best lately, with the team arriving here at the back of 4 consecutive draws, where 3 of them finished goalless.

However, the Blues have kept clean sheets in 6 of their last 7 consecutive matches, conceding goals only in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal. This team led by Antonio Conte has proved to be extremely organized at the back, but are also showing lack of finishing power in the last third of the pitch, which made the team lose the 2nd place in the Premier League. Having said that, the Blues will look to return to winning ways in this FA Cup match.

In their last 5 official matches, Chelsea has a record of 1 victory and 4 draws. This sequence of results started with a 5-0 victory against Stoke City. This result was followed by a 2-2 draw away to Arsenal, a 0-0 draw away to Norwich City, for the FA Cup, a 0-0 draw at home against Arsenal, and in their last match, a 0-0 draw at home against Leicester City. Cahill and Fàbregas are both out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Caballero – Ampadu, Luiz and Rudiger – Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Zappacosta and Kenedy – Pedro, Batshuayi and Willian.

Fa cupNorwich, on their turn, also entered directly into this 3rd round of the competition, where they were unable to get better than a goalless draw at home against Chelsea, in the reverse fixture, and are now forced to travel to London in order to face the Blues in this tiebreaker. This is a competition that the team has never won, and with the round of 16 being the furthest they have reached since the beginning of the millennium.

The team are in the middle of the Championship league table, and has recently been able to overcome a very bad moment they went through, conceding 7 defeats in 10 consecutive Championship matches, arriving here unbeaten in their last 5 consecutive games, with one of them being the reverse fixture against Chelsea. The Canaries have not lost any of their last 3 away matches, scoring 3 goals and keeping 3 clean sheets in those matches. The team also possess a very good defensive organization and arrive here with the aim of advancing into the FA Cup next round, but they also face here a team with an extraordinary defensive organization.

In their last 5 official matches, Norwich has a record of 3 victories and 2 draws. This sequence of results started with a 0-2 victory over Birmingham. This result was followed by a 0-0 draw away to Burton Albion, a 2-1 victory against Millwall, a 0-0 draw at home against Chelsea, for the FA Cup, and in their last match, a 0-1 victory over Bristol City. Louis Thompson, Naismith and Jarvis are all out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Gunn – Hanley, Zimmermann and Klose – Pinto, Tettey, Trybull and Lewis – Vrancic, Maddison and Murphy.

Chelsea have won 5 of their last 8 direct confrontations, tying the 3 remaining.

Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea
FA Cup 17/18
Norwich City 1-2 Chelsea
Premier League 2015/16
Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City
Premier League 2015/16
Chelsea 0-0 Norwich City
Premier League 2013/14
Norwich City 1-3 Chelsea
Premier League 2013/14
Norwich City 0-1 Chelsea
Premier League 2012/13
Chelsea 4-1 Norwich City
Premier League 2012/13
Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea
Premier League 2011/12

The two sides are back in action, this time at Stamford Bridge, and both are showing an impressive defensive organization. The Blues are expected to progress here despite a dip in form, but this should be a game with few goals.

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Under 3 Goals 1.82 Bet365
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • City: Londres
  • Establishment: 1905

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Norwich City
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Carrow Road
  • City: Norwich
  • Establishment: 1902

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Fábio Mota
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