Rafael Benitez's Chelsea squad will attempt to follow up its jaw-dropping performance against Aston Villa on Sunday with another mighty effort against Premier League opponent Norwich City at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.
The Blues netted eight goals in their latest Premier League victory, and will try to end Norwich City's five-match winning streak at home on Wednesday. That task certainly won't be an easy one for Chelsea, though, as Norwich has surrendered just two goals in its last five home EPL matches.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for this week's Premier League clash at Carrow Road.
Where: Carrow Road, England
When: Wednesday, December 26 at 10 a.m. ET
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What's At Stake?
For the visiting Chelsea, a win at Carrow Road is critical to chasing down Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League table. The Blues trail league-leading United by 11 points coming into Wednesday's match.
As for Norwich, this week's showdown with Chelsea is key for it to escape no-man's land and begin a move up the table. It is currently 10th in the table, seven points back of Chelsea.
What They're Saying
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is well aware of Chelsea's brilliance, and spoke about it recently (via SkySports.com):
They have great attacking options. We experienced that at their place a couple of months ago. Victor Moses is starting to show his real quality now. Fernando Torres is hitting very good form. The fact they kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa as well shows the quality and depth they have throughout the squad.
Chelsea topped Hughton's club 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in the two clubs' first meeting in October.
Chelsea interim head coach, Rafael Benitez praised his team for its effort vs. Aston Villa and knows they must remain hot to have a shot to win the Premier League this season (via Independent.ie's Kate Bamber):
You could see the team had confidence in themselves, they believed, and that was there to the end. They had good movements, created chances. Now we have to sustain this run and it will be easier for me to say we can compete.
The Blues can pull themselves within eight points of league-leading Manchester United with a win over Norwich.
Norwich City Player to Watch: Robert Snodgrass
Norwich forward Robert Snodgrass has been one of the club's brightest stars this season, scoring four goals and assisting on three others in 17 EPL appearances this year. Snodgrass scored most recently in a loss to West Brom on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Scotsman will need to bring his A-game for Norwich in Wednesday's Boxing Day showdown if his side is to continue its impressive home winning streak.
Chelsea Player to Watch: Fernando Torres
World-class striker Fernando Torres ignited Chelsea's 8-0 rout of Aston Villa on Sunday, scoring a third-minute goal to put the home side ahead. That goal has Torres leading the Blues in Premier League goals this season. The Spanish star has seven in 17 EPL starts in 2012, and seven goals total in his last six appearances for the club in all competitions.
Watch for Torres to take plenty of shots at Carrow Road, which will surely be good news for Chelsea as most of his attempts find their way onto the target.
Don't expect another dominant performance from Chelsea on Wednesday at Carrow Road. Norwich City has won five straight EPL matches at home this season, beating Manchester United and Arsenal over that stretch.
Chris Hughton's side will be game from start to finish in front of its home crowd, earning three big points with a narrow win over Chelsea.
Norwich City 2, Chelsea 1
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