Preview - FA Cup - Norwich vs Chelsea 6 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 06, 2018, 09:25 PM

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Norwich vs Chelsea

Chelsea have progressed from 20 of their last 21 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides, with the exception an incredible 4-2 defeat to Bradford in January 2015.

Against Norwich, they have a 13-match unbeaten record against them in all competitions since a 3-0 defeat in December 1994 under Glenn Hoddle.

Norwich will be without midfielders Harrison Reed (hip) and Marco Stiepermann (groin) for the tie against 2017 FA Cup runners-up Chelsea.

Centre-half Sean Raggett will also miss out, despite returning to the club after a loan spell at Lincoln City.

Chelsea defender David Luiz could play for the first time since 22 November after recovering from a knee injury and Charly Musonda could also feature.

Eden Hazard is a doubt because of a calf injury sustained against Arsenal.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Chelsea


Match Stats:

  • Norwich 0-0 Chelsea
  • Shots: 9-16
  • Possession: 39%-61%
  • Corner kicks: 3-5

Championship side Norwich held a much-changed Chelsea to a goalless draw to earn an FA Cup third-round replay.

The hosts had the better of the first half without creating a clear-cut chance, Josh Murphy drilling well wide, while Alex Pritchard could not capitalise on an error from the returning David Luiz.

Premier League champions Chelsea improved after the break with William stinging the hands of Angus Gunn and Davide Zappacosta volleying just wide late on.

Murphy's volley was also deflected wide for Norwich after Willy Caballero's poor punch but neither side came close to a breakthrough.

Antonio Conte brought on club-record signing Alvaro Morata for the closing stages but the out-of-form striker did not have time to make a difference.

It means a replay at Stamford Bridge - in the week commencing 15 January - for the Canaries, who are 13th in the second tier.

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