The gigantic schedule this Saturday, December 6, for the third round of the 2017/2018 England Cup, which has 25 games throughout the day, will be complemented by the duel Norwich and Chelsea. Scheduled to start at 3pm (GMT), the game will be played on Carrow Road (Norwich).
The competition has a different regulation. If there is a winner, the setting takes place in a single game. If the confrontation ends tied a new meeting will be held, but this time with inverted field control. This rule, called a replay, is not valid for the second game. Even if you have to resort to the 30-minute overtime and penalty shootout, she will reveal the survivor in the cup dispute.
Norwich’s recent performance
Norwich make its second season in the Championship, the Second Division, after being demoted from the Premier League. It gives no indication that he can return to the elite division of English football. With 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and ten losses), it occupies the thirteenth place.
Only champion and deputy guarantee a direct place in the First Division. Second place is Derby, which has 15 points more than Norwich. There is also an extra place that is put into play in the playoffs that bring together the teams that are between the third and sixth places. This block is closed by Leeds, nine points above Norwich.
The team that uses the green and yellow colors in their uniform, however, has achieved a positive sequence in the last three matches. He accumulated seven points from the nine disputed between Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year. On Monday, January 1, at home, beat Milwall by 2 to 1.
At home, he played 13 matches and scored nine. He accumulated 17 points (four wins, five draws and four losses). He is only the seventh-best title in the Championship.
The current form of Chelsea
A goal in the additions of the classic against Arsenal, played on Wednesday, January 3, caused Chelsea to escape the vice-leadership of the English Championship 2017/2018. Equality by 2 to 2 caused the team to be overtaken by Manchester United and fell to third place. He has 46 points (14 wins, four draws and four losses).
With City skyrocketing in the lead, the fight for the runner-up is what remains for its top pursuers. So Chelsea will only increase their trophy collection if they can win a cup.
The most coveted, of course, is the Champions League of Europe. However, the draw of the last 16 clashes put the blues face to face with Barcelona. The first of the two games of the duel will be held in February.
The London team is also in contention for the English League Cup title. Once again the draw was not favorable. On January 10 Chelsea will once again have Arsenal on their way. Except that this time the game, which is vague in the semifinals, will be held at Stamford Bridge.
Faced with such difficult duels and a packed schedule, the clash against Norwich may even allow coach Antonio Conte to promote the cast relay. The coach has already made it clear that the number of players he has at his disposal is insufficient and charges the board with some signings in the January transfer window.
The top scorers have signaled they are not enjoying the coach’s complaints, which have even shown inability to manage the cast. He has already dismissed striker Diego Costa, the team’s top scorer in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign. Also conflicted with defender David Luiz, who is away from the team by injury, according to official version, but has great chances of leaving the club. This, of course, if Conte is kept in office.
History of the bouts between Norwich and Chelsea
In the 13 times they met, Chelsea have never been defeated by Norwich. He won ten games and drew three.
While not having a squad as numerous as the other rivals, Chelsea have enough technical quality to be singled out as the best guess in Saturday’s match. It has a price of 1.40 in Rivalo. Draw presents prize of 4.50. Norwich Victory yields 7.00.