Norwich Fan: Chelsea Will Leave Carrow Road With Nothing
That’s right, Chelsea will leave Carrow Rd tomorrow afternoon with nada. Nowt. Zip. The square root of chuff all. Where does this confidence come from? Well, I’ve not been sleeping too well lately, due to a mild cold and so I’m feeling a little discombobulated. I also bought a box of organic eggs this morning, featuring a complete squad of double yolkers. I might be delirious, I might be foolish, and I’m sure the fertility of Norfolk chickens will have little to bear on the outcome of a sports event, but I trust my instincts on this one, and here’s why…
Norwich are improving
Damn straight. A morale-boosting win in the League Cup – after an unlucky result against Villa – followed by a confident win away at Stoke, the scene of possibly our most flaccid display last term – and we’re getting stronger. This time last year, we lost to Chelsea away, but our performance that day was good, Holt putting in a triple shift. That match and a run in the cup that saw Alexander Tettey breakthrough into the first team, turned things around, and we went ten games unbeaten.
It's the perfect time to play Chelsea
European fixture mid week, a little unrest behind the scenes, a psychologically and physically draining game against Spurs after a tepid start, I feel that Norwich might fancy having a pop if we can go in level at the half. Chelsea will also underestimate us, and so let’s just see how up for this they are.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel will relish this
This type of affair could suit the Dutchman who has yet to really get his scoring clogs on (bar his goal on the opening day). With Norwich maybe choosing to get down Chelsea’s throat more with a new midfield formation, one feels that there will be more for the Wolf to feed on with Leroy Fer improving with every game. The service up till now has not been there for RvW and when it has presented itself, particularly to feet, he has missed the target. I can see a scrappy notch after a goalmouth scramble.
John Ruddy will want to impress
With England’s anti-dandruff poster boy flopping about like a drunken Thunderbird at the moment, this could be a great day for the Norwich keeper. Keep it tight and organised and command that area and prove that you’re the best in the country. Because you are!
I like this cat. He’s a big-game player and now fully fit. I can see a top-corner rasper as he cuts in from the left and wraps his leg around it. I’d start with Pilks and look to bring Redmond on in the second half. But then what do I know?
*N.B. If Chelsea do whip us maybe just remind yourself that I’ve not been well.