Norwich City v Chelsea
Saturday, Jan 06 – 17:30pm
Norwich have experienced another inconsistent season in the Championship, and currently sit 13th in the league table. The Canaries beat Millwall 2-1 on New Year’s Day, thanks to goals from James Maddison and Tom Trybull; however, clear cut chances have been few and far between over the last few weeks. The big news from Carrow Road is that Harrison Reed and Marco Steipermann will miss today’s match, having picked up injuries against Burton Albion and Brentford.
Chelsea’s David Luiz could be set to feature in Antonio Conte’s starting XI today, having made just two appearances for the Blues since October. The Brazilian has been sidelined with a knee injury, but positive performances from replacement centre-back Andreas Christensen have given Conte plenty to think about. Chelsea came from behind to hold Arsenal to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, and are now undefeated in seven matches in the Premier League.
What the stats tell us:
- Norwich have lost each of their last four FA Cup matches against Chelsea – losing in the fifth round back in 2006/07.
- The Blues have won 20 of their last 21 fixtures against lower league sides in the FA Cup – their only loss coming against Bradford in January 2015.
- Steven Naismith have found the back of the net six times in his last six matches against the Blues – scoring a hat-trick back in September 2015.
- Chelsea are undefeated in 13 games against Norwich City in all competitions (W10 D3) – their last loss coming in December 1994 (3-0).
- Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has been involved in nine goals against lower league sides in cup competitions (seven goals, two assists).
Chelsea have a great record in the early rounds of the FA Cup, particularly against non-Premier League opponents, and Antonio Conte will be expecting nothing less than a win today. Norwich are undefeated in three matches in the Championshmichyip, but they haven’t exactly set the world on fire this season, and could struggle to cope with Chelsea’s attacking threat. Antonio Conte likes to rotate his squad for domestic cup competitions, and the Blues have plenty of talent in the ranks. Keep an eye on Michy Batshuayi – he’s usually at his best in this type of fixture.