Chelsea vs. Norwich: Play Blues -225 With Your Premier League Picks

Nikki Adams

Monday, November 16, 2015 6:50 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 6:50 PM UTC

Chelsea looks to snap a three-game skid on match day 13 at the expense of Norwich City, a game that looks to be a straight-up home chalk soccer pick. Here’s our soccer betting preview.  

Chelsea Looks To Get Back To Winning Ways
Although Chelsea ride a three-game skid ahead of match day 13, they’re a lock bet to snap the negative trend at the expense of Norwich surely.  At least so it seems on the Premier League odds board, where the Blues are firmly installed as the home favorites to win outright at -225 soccer odds. And amongst soccer betting fans that simply refuse to accept Chelsea’s beleaguered fortunes this season.

Chelsea are enduring a terrible first half of their title defence campaign; more like a failure to launch, really. Languishing in the bottom-half of the table, two paces away from the edge of relegation with a 3-2-7 mark and 11 points. They are only a point ahead of Newcastle United (17th) and three points clear of promoted AFC Bournemouth in 18th spot.

Last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Stoke City on the road, which marked the club’s first three-game losing streak in 16 years, must have been a bitter pill to swallow for Jose Mourinho (not to mention Abramovich too). Alas, we weren’t treated to those infamous dour expression from the Portuguese at the side lines or any of his customary snubs of opposing coaches that are just like fodder to the press. Serving a one-game stadium ban following his latest misconduct charge from the English Football Association, he was most likely ensconced comfortably in a hotel somewhere and watching the game on TV.

The midweek Champions League win over Dinamo Kiev saw the Blues rally from behind to take the crucial 2-1 win, prompting Mourinho to laud it as stoic effort. It was the first inspired effort by the Blues on 2015-2016. Any spill-over into domestic action however it might have been anticipated never materialised as the Blues succumbed to another lacklustre loss on the season. It followed losses to Liverpool at home (3-1) and West Ham United on the road (2-1).

It’s worth mentioning that it marked the second straight loss to the Potters this season after losing to Mark Hughes’ lads on penalties in League Cup action late October. It also marked Stoke’s second all-time Premier League victory over Chelsea.


Norwich Look To Extend Winning Form
Norwich City are actually ranked ahead of Chelsea in the domestic table, but only by a point. Sat pretty in 15th place they boast a 3-2-6 mark on the season and 12 points, a mark that includes a 2-1-3 mark at home and a 1-2-3 mark on the road.

Most recently, Norwich snapped a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 win at home to Swansea City. It was a much-needed morale boost ahead of what is going to be a formidable task at Stamford Bridge despite all of Chelsea’s struggles this season. They are the whopping +600 underdogs to mastermind the upset and the draw is trading at +333 soccer odds.

Neither Chelsea nor Norwich City cut a particularly convince figure in the league table, but there’s no doubt that Chelsea are far superior to their impending visitors. Norwich haven’t beaten the Blues home or away in the last 13 meetings. The last time Norwich have taken the measure of Chelsea was in 1993 when they won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. In the last six meetings going back to 2011, Norwich are 0-2-4 overall, which includes a 0-1-2 mark at Stamford Bridge. The scoreless draw came towards the end of last season at Stamford Bridge.


Soccer Betting Verdict
Chelsea are mired in a whole slew of trouble this season, but in this matchup they should fare much better and take all three points. Let’s not forget, it’s a must-win game for the Blues, which is in itself a strange thing to say of a matchup they’ve dominated for over 20 years. Take Chelsea with your soccer picks to win outright at -225 soccer odds.

Soccer Free Picks: Chelsea -225 at Bet365

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