Premier League Betting: Chelsea vs. Norwich

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 2, 2014 5:20 PM GMT

Friday, May. 2, 2014 5:20 PM GMT

After getting eliminated from Champions League contention, the Blues now only have the Premier League to focus on. They'll be at home to Norwich City this weekend and inside we've examined what kind of soccer betting odds are on offer.

Odds Overview
Every sportsbook out there has Chelsea has an overwhelming favorite to bounce back and get all three points on Sunday. They're quoted at a price of roughly -500, leaving Norwich City as a humungous underdog in the +1200 to +1500 range. A draw (+600) is also a longshot in the soccer betting lines.

 
Chelsea
The Blues will be coming off a gut-wrenching 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, a match in which they were thoroughly outplayed in the second half. 

Things started off well for Chelsea. Fernando Torres gave the club the lead with a neat finish, but the Mattress Makers were able to respond right before halftime and that ended up setting the tone for the rest of the match.

Atletico converted a penalty early in the second half and then got another goal minutes later, and from there they never looked threatened on their way to booking a spot in the final.

Jose Mourinho will shift all of his focus to Norwich City now, hoping his players can keep their heads held high as they try to mount a title challenge. With only two matches remaining and both Liverpool and Manchester City in a better position, Chelsea needs a lot to go right for them to emerge as Premier League champions.

Still, the Blues are massively favored for Sunday's match against the Canaries and rightly so. They've lost only one time in the league at Stamford Bridge and that's unlikely to change.


Norwich City
The last time Norwich won was back in late March at home to Sunderland. Since then they've lost five straight matches, falling at home to West Brom and Liverpool and away to Swansea City, Fulham and Manchester United. 

The Canaries didn't put up much a fight at Old Trafford last weekend, but it was never going to be easy against a club that had just elevated Ryan Giggs into the managerial role.

Regardless, Norwich sure picked the wrong time to start piling up the defeats. The relegation race is in full effect and right now the Canaries are in the bottom three and looking like they could be plying their trade in the Championship next season.

Of course, the club's fixture list to close out the league campaign has been as hard as it gets. They've just played Liverpool and United and now close out away to Chelsea and at home to Arsenal. In short, it's not looking good for the Canaries.

No team has scored fewer goals than Norwich City in the Premier League (28) this term. Robert Snodgrass has been the team's most dangerous player and he's a midfielder, showcasing just how fruitless they've been going forward. The likes of Gary Hooper, Johan Elmander and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are all culpable.

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Premier League Pick
It's tough to imagine any other result but a convincing victory for the Blues here at Stamford Bridge. 

Following that letdown in Europe, there couldn't be a better tonic for Chelsea than a date with a Norwich City outfit that looks destined for relegation. The Canaries have been brutal away from home, losing 14 of their 18 matches outright and allowing four times as many goals (44) as they've scored (11) themselves.

With Chelsea at 15-1-2 at home in the league (goal differential of +32) and trying to keep pace with Liverpool atop the Premier League, we believe Mourinho's gang will come out and dominate this match from start to finish. Back a Blues win by two or more goals for your soccer picks. 

Pick: Chelsea 3 Norwich City 0

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