Chelsea will play their second match of the 2017/2018 England Cup on Wednesday, January 17th. By the third phase, will face again Norwich in the replay of the game that ended in the scoreless draw of the opponent’s field. This time the confrontation will be in Stamford Bridge and begins to 17:45 (Brasília time).
Now there is no more time to postpone the decision. If there is no winner in the regular time will be carried out extension of 30 minutes. If there is still no definition, the classified will be defined by penalties.
The replay is an exclusive regulation of the tournament, which is the oldest club competition in the world. Of the 32 games in the third stage, eight required the completion of the extra game with inverted field control.
Chelsea’s recent performance
One more reason for coach Antonio Conte, a recognized whiner, to complain about his lean cast and once again to ask for reinforcements from the board. Unhappy with the coach’s way of acting, the headlines have not yielded to their appeals. Thus, he will have to deal with what he has in the mission not too difficult to eliminate a team from the Second Division.
The big problem for the Italian is the attack command. The Spaniard Álvaro Morata (20 matches in the 2017/2018 English Championship, ten goals), which was the most expensive investment made by Conte, gave results at the beginning and then dropped production. He has gone blank in the last five games.
The choice for his place would be Belgian Michy Batshuay (11 games, two goals), who does not have the confidence of the coach and does not balance the network of opponents since October 21. This makes the fans even more irritated by the loss of Spanish national Diego Costa, Chelsea’s top scorer in the previous season’s Premier League campaign that was fired by Conte.
Without firepower, the blues have failed to score even in the last three games. They drew with Norwich for the FA Cup; with Arsenal, for the semifinals of the League Cup; and on Saturday, January 13, with Leicester, for the English Championship. The fasting of goals was even more meaningful in the last game since the rival, with an athlete expelled in the 23 minutes of the second half, had to complete the match with one less player.
The stumble cost the loss of third place in the standings for Liverpool. With 47 points (14 wins, five draws and four losses), Chelsea moved into fourth place, which would have forced them to play in the Champions League knockout stage next season to try to qualify for a place in the group stage.
The current form of Norwich
Norwich was better in the weekend round. For the Championship, he defeated Bristol City, who is on the playoffs, 1-0. He rose to 37 points (ten wins, seven draws and ten losses).
It was enough to keep the hope of returning to the First Division. But the situation is still difficult. Only the top two placed at the end of 46 rounds earn a spot in the Premier League. Who is between the third and the sixth place still has the right to play a place in the recapture.
The first block is closed by Derby, which has 15 points more than Norwich. Asism, the bigger hopes are in the attempt to go to the playoffs. In that case, the difference for Sheffield United, sixth place, is six points. Significant, but not irreversible, since there are 19 days to be played.
History of the bouts between Chelsea and Norwich
There were 14 matches involving the teams throughout history. Norwich never managed to win. Chelsea won ten times and four draws were recorded.
However difficult it is for Chelsea to score goals, it is hard to imagine that the team have four games without swinging their opponents’ net. So at home and with an excellent defensive system, it becomes the best option for guess. It has a price of 1.20 in Rivalo. Draw returns 6.50. Norwich victory in the normal time yields 11.00 for each real bet.