Norwich became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League after they were dismantled 4-0 by West Ham at Carrow Road. In fact, they’ve been defeated by that exact scoreline twice this month already, as the wind has been completely knocked out of their sails.
Top-flight football just seemed a little too challenging for them, even if they did enjoy a promising start to the campaign.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were hammered 3-0 by a Sheffield Utd outfit whose season looked to be petering out, but they should be much more encouraged now they’re returning back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea To Win To Nil
Frank Lampard’s men have now won each of their last five domestic matches at this stadium dating back to late February, impressively defeating Spurs, Liverpool, Everton, Man City and Watford.
They also conceded just two goals across those games, though something we have seen creep into their recent matches across all venues is an abundance of final-third action, with a minimum of three goals being seen in all four matches this month and as many as five in half.
The Canaries, having scored 24 goals across the opening 24 gameweeks of the season, have scored just twice in the 11 subsequent matches.
It’s no surprise that since the goals have dried up so have their results and indeed, they went W1-D1-L9 across those matches, losing each of the last seven including all six since the return from the covid break.
That hardly encourages us that they’re capable of putting up a challenge against a Blues side gunning for Champions League football again next season following the Citizens’ UEFA ban being lifted.
Willian To Score Anytime
The two most influential players for Chelsea since the return have been Willian and Christian Pulisic, with the pair netting seven of the teams’ 12 goals.
The Brazilian has the majority of them having struck the back of the net four times, while he’s now scored in each of the last four at the Bridge across all competitions.
When facing a team who look completely out of sorts and conceding goals for fun, his current price of odds-against looks a value option.
The only slight worry for us would be Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Man Utd on Sunday.
However, Lampard will still want to make sure of the three points in this one, especially off the back of their defeat to the Blades, so that will also likely see the return of Mateo Kovacic to the starting line-up.