I don’t think anyone would want to play Chelsea following their 8-0 destruction of Aston Villa. But someone needs to, and it is Norwich City that will face the London club. Nevertheless, the Canaries remain one of the form sides in the Premier League and have a very impressive recent home record.
Chelsea may feel a little more wary of going to Norfolk following the incredible wins the club have recorded against Arsenal and Manchester United this season. Nevertheless, Chris Hughton’s boys will have to be at their very best if they are to record another big scalp.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy my latest slideshow on things the Canaries most get right on Boxing Day. I would also like to wish all of my fans a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I think if we learned anything from the Aston Villa game it would be that Chelsea have found their ruthless streak. The fact that they had so many different scorers shows that they have threats from multiple different areas. Therefore, it might not be that easy to simply mark one or two players to keep them quiet.
However, the good news is that Hughton is very much a defensive manager, and his tactics seem to work best against the biggest clubs. This is especially true if the Canaries are able to take the lead, but it has now been a few games since the club has kept a clean sheet.
Hughton’s side will surely have learned from the 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and will be better prepared to face Chelsea. They also may take comfort from the 0-0 recorded last season at Carrow Road between these two sides, and a home record that has secured five consecutive wins.
From what I have seen from Norwich recently, I would be very surprised to see a clean sheet on Boxing Day. Therefore, I think the Canaries will have to score at least twice to give themselves any chance of securing the win.
In that respect, it will be interesting to see Chris Hughton’s approach to the game, because a defensive style may not suit the prospect of scoring twice. But what we have seen recently is Norwich have become very good at grabbing goals from set pieces.
It would be easy to become intimidated by thinking too much about the 8-0 win that Chelsea recorded in their last game. The thing to remember is every game in the Premier League is different, and one result doesn’t impact another.
It’s hard to read too much into the performance because Aston Villa’s performance was so woefully poor. We know that Norwich are a good defensive team and will not offer the time and space on the ball that Villa did. Nevertheless, Hughton will have to execute his game plan as expertly as he did against Manchester United and Arsenal to secure the win.
And the Canaries might be able to take advantage of the fact that the manager has only recently gone in there with mixed results so far. The fact that not all the fans are convinced just yet could also offer Norwich City the opportunity to take advantage.
If there is one advantage to playing at home then it has to be the support. I have been at the Arsenal and Manchester United games and feel the fans played a big part in getting the team over the line. Hopefully, it will be another electric atmosphere, and I think it will need to be if the Canaries are to win this one.
We know about Chelsea’s superstars, but there is something special about Norwich this season, especially when playing at home. The crowd can certainly act like an extra man and maybe provide a level of noise that can inspire the team to victory.
It would have been great to keep the run going against West Brom, but Premier League defeats are always going to occur every so often. Therefore, it’s important that the game is removed from the system as soon as possible
My main fear is that the players will still be thinking about the game and this may result in a below-par performance. It is always a test to see how a team reacts to a defeat, and we will learn a lot about Hughton’s Norwich City in the Chelsea game.
But we have already seen enough to suggest that team spirit is alive and well at the club. Therefore, a strong reaction is something that fans should demand and expect. I think the fact that the game came away from home will help because that very impressive run of home games still remains.
In fact, there is still a run of five league games unbeaten at Carrow Road to protect and possibly extend. I think a lot of fans are down from the West Brom defeat, but the game is only remembered until the next one. And there is no reason to think that Norwich can’t beat Chelsea. After all, if they don’t believe then they have lost before the game has begun.