Rewind back to half-time at Anfield in Norwich’s Premier League curtain raiser, and things were looking ominous for the newly promoted club. The Canaries were 4-0 down and were getting torn apart from a rampant Liverpool attack.
However, by the final whistle the travelling fans were in much higher spirits. They had managed to limit any further damage and even grabbed a well deserved consolation goal, and last week they followed that with a Teemu Pukki inspired 3-1 win over Newcastle to earn their first top flight points of the campaign.
Pukki netted a sensational hat-trick in that game as he terrorised the Newcastle defence, following on from his consolation at Anfield. There’s no reason he can’t do the same to a fragile looking Chelsea back line on Saturday either. Last season’s top scorer in the Championship now has 9 goals in his last 9 competitive games for Norwich, so we think he’s a great price for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
For Chelsea, this hasn’t been quite the fairytale start to life under Frank Lampard that they were hoping for. The club legend was demolished 4-0 at Old Trafford in his Premier League managerial debut, and while The Blues did show improvement last week in the European Super Cup they still lost on penalties. His Stamford Bridge homecoming ended in frustration, with a lacklustre performance culminating in a 1-1 draw with Leicester.
Lampard continues the hunt for his first win as Chelsea manager, but getting it at Carrow Road might prove difficult. Away from home, Chelsea have failed to win each of their last 5 matches. Things get even worse when limited to Premier League fixtures, where they have won 2, drawn 2, and lost 6 of their last 10 away days.
Norwich, on the other hand, are unbeaten at home in competitive action since January, winning 8 of their 11 matches at Carrow Road since. Considering the confidence boost they earned last weekend and Chelsea’s poor showing so far, we think these odds for a Norwich Double Chance are fantastic value for money. We actually think the hosts could take all 3 points against a side that have conceded 7 goals in their 3 competitive matches this season, so we’re also going for a 2-1 correct score prediction.