Chelsea FC have won all three of their matches in the new year. They will look to continue their Premier League success in 2012 when they travel to Carrow Road on Saturday to take on Norwich City.
Thanks to Arsenal's inexcusable loss to Swansea this past weekend, the Blues now hold a four-point lead over the Gunners for fourth in the league table.
Bolton center back Gary Cahill has joined Chelsea on a transfer and will certainly strengthen the club at the back with his physical, fundamentally strong defensive play.
Norwich City are ninth in the league table and are looking to climb even further as they exceed expectations as a newly promoted club.
Let's look at a complete preview to this exciting Premier League matchup.
Where: Carrow Road, Norwich, England
When: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:45 a.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Player to watch for Chelsea: Gary Cahill
Chelsea completed the transfer of Bolton center back Gary Cahill this past week and he will be a welcome addition to a struggling Blues defense.
Chelsea has kept only five clean sheets in 21 league matches this season, and have dropped many points because of their inability to defend late in matches.
David Luiz has been poor this season at center back alongside captain John Terry, and Cahill will add a more defensive-minded player.
Cahill could make his debut against Norwich City this weekend. He will be a player to watch if he does.
Player to watch on Norwich City: Steve Morison
Steve Morison leads Norwich City with eight goals in league matches, and is a forward Chelsea must defend properly if they want to win on Saturday.
The Welshman is a talented player who finished well in front of goal and will be counted on to provide offense for Norwich and help them take at least a point from Chelsea in this match.
Key Matchup: Norwich forwards vs. Chelsea center backs
With Gary Cahill looking to make his debut on Saturday, captain John Terry and Brazilian defender David Luiz will likely start at center back on Saturday at Carrow Road.
Luiz has to be careful when moving forward and joining the attack because if he's not, Terry could be exposed to a Norwich counter attack that could burn the Blues.
Chelsea must defend well at the back to take all three points from this match.
What They're Saying
Gary Cahill spoke about his Chelsea transfer, via A Different League:
"Chelsea is a massive club. It is a club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this, you can’t turn down. This is the right move for me at the right time and I would like to thank everyone at Bolton, because I’ve had a great four years at the football club," Cahill said.
Prediction: Chelsea win 2-1
I think this match will be closer than many think because Norwich are an underrated club who play very hard, and they are at home Saturday.
Norwich City hasn't lost in their last four matches, but will face a challenging test against a Chelsea side looking to continue their success in the new year. Chelsea has too much attacking talent for Norwich to stop in this match.
Expect Gary Cahill to make his debut in this match and help the Blues to a hard-fought, but well-deserved win.