Norwich City vs. Chelsea
Chelsea travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City on Wednesday in the Boxing Day encounter of the Premier League, fresh from their 8-0 hammering of Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge as the side grows in confidence under the management of Rafael Benitez. Chelsea has scored 13 goals in two games in the last one week with five of them coming in their Capital One Cup encounter against Leeds United at Elland Road and with Fernando Torres firing on all cylinders, Chelsea look to close down the gap that has opened up between them and the leading pair of Manchester clubs.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez has promised that Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson should be wary of the Londoners as they can easily close down the gap at the top of the table which now stands at 12 points with Chelsea having one game in hand. The entire Chelsea squad is high on confidence with the likes of David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and the midfield pairing of Eden Hazard and Oscar all finding their feet in the Premier League once again, Chelsea look a menacing force and Norwich might just have been given the wrong game at the very wrong time as it is quite possible that the Canaries will be victims of another brutal hammering from the Blues from London.
Norwich has a proud record of performing well against the big sides, and they have already defeated the mighty Manchester United at home a few weeks back and in Robert Snodgrass, they have a brilliant midfielder who can change the complexion of a game in the blink of an eye, but the match against the Chelsea midfield might just be a bit too much for Norwich’s talisman as well as he will be faced with the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Ramires and Frank Lampard, who will play his 501 st match in the Premier League.
Benitez is known for his tinkering with his side, a trait that he was known for during his stint at Liverpool but he hasn’t had the scope to do much tinkering with the Chelsea squad and if he persists with the same side against Norwich, Chelsea will learn how to play in a rhythm that they had lost over the previous few weeks and if he manages to turn his side around, Roman might just think of making his job a permanent one.