Match Preview: Norwich City v. Chelsea

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Match Preview: Norwich City v. Chelsea

Has the Rafa revolution well and truly begun at Chelsea or the result of sterner tests will determine the fate of Rafa Benitez's Chelsea. On evidence of the 8-0 mauling that Aston Villa found at the hands of Chelsea, the answer is a bit of both. While Chelsea have surely put paid to any rumours of fatigue after their club world cup travels, stiff challenges stilla await them in an extremely congested Premier League period. Norwich City is next for Chelsea and the Canaries have been in a decent run of form themselves. What does the match have in store for them ?

Last Meeting: Chelsea 4- 1 Norwich City

Norwich test

Norwich City current sit pretty in top half of the Premier League table with 18 points in their bag. Their unbeaten run in last ten matches came to an end against West Bromwich Albion and Chris Hughton's side would be interested in restoring their formidable record at home this season.

However, they have not beaten Chelsea in the last 18 years and that should weigh on their minds, especially considering the recent resurgence of the Blues.

While statistics are heavily stacked agaisnt Norwich, they should back themselves to get atleast a point from this difficult encounter.

Fatigue for Chelsea

Benitez has mixed his squad with aplomb and given the abundance of squad options, fatigue should hardly be a cause for any slipshod performance against the Canaries. With Oscar getting less than desired game time, this match might as well mean a start for him, over the in-form but over-played Victor Moses.

Chelsea's defence has been very solid and the experiment to play David Luiz in midfield has paid off so far. Benitez has been quick to suggest that this experiment might be a permanent fixture, but fans should expect to see more of the marauding Luiz in midfield, in the absence of Romeu and relatively older legs of Frank Lampard.

Match Prediction

Norwich City 1- 2 Chelsea

Recent momentum should see Chelsea overcome a stoic Norwich City side but only just.