UK time is: 08:47:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Norwich City vs. Chelsea

Carrow Road

Saturday 21st January 2012

12.45pm

On Sky

Vital Preview: Norwich City v Chelsea

The Canaries welcome to Chelsea to Carrow Road this lunchtime with both sides looking to extend their 100% starts to 2012.

The Blues ran out 3-1 winners in a controversial encounter at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, who desperately need the points to keep pace with the leading pack.


(Click to play.)
UK Only

Vital Quotes:

Andre Villas-Boas is impressed with how the Canaries have taken to life in the Premier League (chelseafc.com):

'It's a great pleasure when teams achieve something with a certain style. Victories are important for motivation, the way they play is very positive, they are fully motivated players with complete commitment to their manager and each other.

'They have had an excellent run of results, and they continue to surprise established teams in the league, which shows the value of the work Paul and his team are doing.

'We need to find consistency in our own performances, it will be better if we beat Norwich, but I don't care what happens in the other matches this weekend, we need to do our own job first and foremost.'

Norwich City Team News:

Marc Tierney has recovered from a groin strain and returns to the squad.

Tierney has been out of action since before the turn of the year and leaves manager Paul Lambert with a difficult decison to make.

James Vaughan and Elliott Ward are back in full training but neither are expected to feature against the Blues.

Jed Steer will again be on the bench in place of injured backup goalkeeper Declan Rudd, who is out of action for two months with an ankle injury.

Player to watch: Grant Holt

Holt gave John Terry a torrid time in the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, and it will be interesting to see how the England skipper responds.

Chelsea Team News:

New Chelsea signing Gary Cahill may have to settle for a place after completing a 7million move from Bolton.

Andre Villas-Boas also has Branislav Ivanovic available again, but the game may come too soon to John Mikel Obi, who returned to full training this week.

Michael Essien is fit to start after making his return from injury in last week's win against Sunderland.

Player to watch: Fernando Torres

Chelsea's squad may be an embarrassment of riches but there's one man everyone is waiting to come good. Sod's law says it'll be today.

Form Guide

Norwich City
The Canaries are 9th in the Premier League with 28 points from 21 games, two behind Stoke City RFC and two clear of Swansea.

Last time out they beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns thanks to goals from Andrew Surman and Steve Morison, and in their last home game comfortably beat Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round.

City have picked up twelve points from their last eight Premier League games to sit tenth in the form table. So far this season they have won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 league games at Carrow Road to hold the tenth-best home record in the top flight.

Last eight league matches: WWDLDDWL

Chelsea
The Blues are presently fourth in the Premier League with 40 points after 20 games, six behind Spurs and four ahead of Arsenal in fifth.

Last time out they beat Sunderland 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, and prior to that easily beat Portsmouth 4-0 in the cup.

In total this season they have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 2 league games away from the Bridge to hold the fourth best record in the division, and have taken 15 points from their last 8 games to also sit fourth in the form table.

Last eight league matches: WWLDDDWW.

Ref Watch:

Lock up your daughters, Mark Clattenburg is today's referee.

Next Fixtures:

FA Cup Fourth Round
West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City
Saturday 28th January

Barclays Premier League
Sunderland v Norwich City
Wednesday 1st February




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Dill Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 20 2012

Time: 2:17PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Norwich City Articles

This Is Much More Fun (Thursday September 18 2014)

Tettey Signs Contract Extension (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Gutierrez In Cancer Battle (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Tettey: I Came Close To Hitting Someone (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Adams Delighted As City Go Top (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Carlo Nash Back In Court (Tuesday September 16 2014)

The Brentford Preview (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Marshall Rues Collapse (Monday September 15 2014)

Adams: I Had To Get Angry (Monday September 15 2014)

Cardiff 2 - 4 Norwich City (Saturday September 13 2014)

Archived Norwich City Articles

List All Vital Norwich Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. yellow belly 251
2. DRAYTON GREEN 238
3. sminky 114
4. northern yellow 103
5. Rex 93
6. screaming canary 87
7. suffolkcanary 81
8. Clwyd 47
9. FCBEARS 46
10. Steve from Oz 41

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Brentford 0 - 3 Norwich
Wolves 1 - 0 Norwich
Norwich 1 - 1 Bournemouth
Norwich 3 - 0 Watford
Norwich 3 - 1 Blackburn
Ipswich 0 - 1 Norwich

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Forest 7 5 2 0 +10 17
2. Norwich 7 5 1 1 +10 16
3. Watford 7 5 0 2 +7 15
4. Wolves 7 4 2 1 +4 14
5. Charlton 7 3 4 0 +3 13
6. Reading 7 4 1 2 +1 13
7. Derby County 7 3 3 1 +5 12

Breaking League News

Man of the Match: David Edgar
Birmingham : 19/09/2014 08:26:00
Pannu Out of BCFC
Birmingham : 19/09/2014 08:21:00
Howe: Our principles will remain the same
Bournemouth : 19/09/2014 08:19:00
Elphick: We need to be brave on the ball
Bournemouth : 19/09/2014 08:13:00
Francis: It's become a recurring theme
Bournemouth : 19/09/2014 08:10:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Did You Rate The Transfer Window For City?
Suggested By:  Tuckster
Great 86%
Rubbish 10%
Average 4%