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Barclays Premier League

Carrow Road

Wed 26 Dec 2012 15:00 (Attendance: 26,831)


The Boxing Day fixture takes us away from home. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton have their festive build-up with all the trimmings...

'Match Of The Day' dubbed Sunday's festive stuffing of Villa 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. For Chelsea fans, perhaps, 'It's A Wonderful Life' was more appropriate.

It is a time of year for over-indulgence and the Blues' win fits that description. Eight-nil is the biggest win recorded in any of the top five European leagues in 2012

and equalled our all-time record top-flight league win set against Wigan in 2010.

The seven different goalscorers is the highest total in the Premier League and equalled the most in any competition by our team, set in 1971 against Luxembourg part-timers Jeunesse Hautcharage.

Norwich City are the only Barclays Premier League team in the top 12 with a negative goal difference.

It might have been an all-time club record 9-0 had not Lucas Piazon (Chelsea's seventh penalty taker this season) not seen his shot well saved by Bras Guzan.

Centuries ago turkeys were walked from Norfolk to London for the Christmas market and slaughter. This Boxing Day Londoners are asked to make the opposite journey with no train service.

All the top three kick-off at 3pm on Boxing Day, with most other Premier League teams reaching the halfway stage of the campaign; Chelsea will still have a game in hand, the postponed home fixture with Southampton. The Blues' next action is not till Sunday and the lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park.

Our East Anglian opponents were victims of a last-minute heartbreaker from a Chelsea striker at the weekend. It was Romelu Lukaku, on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

Grant Holt, the experienced striker who netted the opener when they were beaten 4-1 at the Bridge at the start of the season, was missing from the squad that lost at the Hawthorns.

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The Blues haven't won on Boxing Day since 2008 when we beat West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Our last away win on 26 December was 13 years ago when a brace from Tore Andre Flo defeated Southampton at their old ground The Dell.

Flo Chelsea

Our last five Boxing Day fixtures
2011 Fulham (h) D 1-1
2010 Arsenal (a) L 1-3
2009 Birmingham (a) D 0-0
2008 West Brom (h) W 2-0
2007 Aston Villa (h) D 4-4


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Boxing Day
Arsenal v West Ham - postponed due to possible tube strike
Everton v Wigan 3pm
Fulham v Southampton 3pm
Manchester United v Newcastle 3pm
Norwich v Chelsea 3pm
QPR v West Brom 3pm
Reading v Swansea 3pm
Sunderland v Manchester City 3pm
Aston Villa v Tottenham 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Stoke v Liverpool 7.45pm Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League table half
Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 18 +19 43
2 Man City 18 +19 39
3 Chelsea 17 +19 32
4 Arsenal 18 +14 30
5 Everton 18 +8 30
6 Tottenham 18 +5 30
7 West Brom 18 +4 30
8 Liverpool 18 +4 25
9 Stoke 18 +2 25
10 Norwich 18 -7 25

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With five-goal hauls in successive second halves Chelsea are in excellent goalscoring form, but Norwich were on an impressive run before last weekend.

Key battles
Norwich manager Chris Hughton will urge his team to press Chelsea more urgently than Lambert's Villa managed on Sunday afternoon. The Blues showed again that there are plenty of players who can exploit those conducive conditions. Lucas Piazón managed a threaded pass and excellent assistance on a goal within minutes of coming on as a sub for his Premier League debut.

The new midfield pairing of Frank Lampard and David Luiz also excelled, with both deep-lying midfielders scoring from outside the box. Ramires and Mikel are also available again.

Fernando Torres's crucial opening strike against Villa was his 14th goal of the season and his seventh goal in six games. Back in October Chris Hughton was concerned about his side's defending after they conceded four at the Bridge.

Chelsea v Norwich

Their recent 10-match unbeaten run (including a win over Manchester United) was testament to the improvements he has made in that department.

Former Leeds marksman Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington are goal threats that the visitors sill have to be wary of. It is being suggested that Grant Holt, 31, will have recovered from a hamstring injury and will return in place of fellow heavyweight, Steve Morison.

Chelsea could retain the physical Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic as the centre-back pairing to counter his threat.

Scotland full-back Steven Whittaker limped out of the WBA game, with international teammate Russell Martin a possible replacement.

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Our two sides first met in the FA Cup in January 1936, a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road followed up by a 3-1 replay win for the Pensioners at the Bridge - Northern Ireland striker Joe Bambrick hit all three for the Londoners. Chelsea are unbeaten against the Canaries in eight matches in league and cup (six wins, two draws).

The first league win at Carrow Road came in April 1991 under manager Bobby Campbell. The Blues were 2-0 up by half-time through Dennis Wise and Gordon Durie. Durie added a second after the break - his penultimate goal for the club. John Polston salvaged some pride for the Canaries. The game is less well-remembered than the next - a 0-7 drubbing at Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea's most recent win at Norwich came at the end of the week of Delia Smith's legendary half-time 'let's be 'avin' you' exhortation to Canaries fans, in March 2005. While José Mourinho's team continued their surge towards the title on the pitch, sparring on the terraces was playfully rude: 'We've got Abramovich, you've got a drunken xxxxx,' chanted Blues fans.

Norwich fans, to their credit, retorted instantly with an equally witty and unrepeatable reply.

Leon McKenzie cancelled out Joe Cole's 22nd-minute opener just past the hour, but substitute Mateja Kezman restored the lead soon afterwards (pictured below), and Ricardo Carvalho made it 3-1. Three days later Chelsea beat Barcelona 4-2 in the Champions League.

Kezman Chelsea

Norwich's last victory against the Blues was at Carrow Road in December 1994 when Jamie Cureton and a brace from Ashley Ward secured a 3-0 victory.

Norwich have won one point from our last five meetings which was the goalless draw at Carrow Road last season.

Our last 10 meetings at Carrow Road
1987/88 - Norwich won 3-0 - Old Division One
1989/90 - Norwich won 2-0 - Old Division One
1990/91 - Chelsea won 3-1 - Old Division One
1991/92 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Old Division One
1992/93 - Norwich won 2-1 - Premier League
1993/94 - Drew 1-1 - Premier League
1994/95 - Norwich won 3-0 - Premier League
2001/02 - Drew 0-0 - FA Cup
2004/05 - Chelsea won 3-1 - Premier League
2011/12 - Drew 0-0 Premier League


The reverse fixture this season

6 October 2012 Barclays Premier League
Chelsea………..……4 Norwich………..….…1
Torres 14                        Holt 10
Lampard 21
Hazard 30
Ivanovic 76
                              Att: 41,784

Norwich City v Chelsea in all competitions
Games played 44
Chelsea wins 17
Norwich wins 14
Draws 13

Head-to-head in the league at Carrow Road
Games played 17
Chelsea wins 3
Norwich wins 8
Draws 6

Biggest league win at Carrow Road for each team
Norwich 4-1 Chelsea - 06/04/1963
Norwich 1-3 Chelsea - 17/04/1991, 05/03/2004

Chelsea won on Boxing Day: 1,461
Norwich dropped points at home in the Premier League: 88
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,776
Liverpool won the league: 8,271

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Having scored one goal in four matches in the last two weeks of November, we have scored 25 goals in our last six games.

West Ham was the only occasion this season, out of 11, we have opened the scoring in the Premier League and went on to lose the game.

Only Stoke, with nine, have kept more clean sheets than Chelsea's seven.

The Blues are eight points better off compared to the corresponding 17 games last season.

Last six results
Dec 5 FC Nordsjaelland (Champions League h) W 6-1
Dec 8 Sunderland (a) W 3-1
Dec 13 Monterrey (Club World Cup SF, Japan) W 3-1
Dec 16 Corinthians (Club World Cup final, Japan) L 0-1
Dec 19 Leeds (League Cup QF a) W 5-1
Dec 23 Aston Villa (h) W 8-0

Premier League scorers
Torres 7, Mata 6, E Hazard 4 (1 pen), Ivanovic 4, Lampard 4 (2 pens), Ramires 3, Cahill 2, Cole 1, D Luiz 1, Moses 1, Oscar 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1. Total 36

League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 3
An away defeat: 1

Chelsea's next three games
Sun 30 Dec Everton away 1.30pm
Wed 2 Jan Queens Park Rangers home 7.45pm
Sat 5 Jan Southampton (FA Cup) away 3pm


Having surpassed Bobby Tambling on Sunday to become our all-time top league scorer in top-flight matches (with 130), Frank Lampard now requires three goals to equal our second highest scorer in all competitions Kerry Dixon with 193.

If selected, Juan Mata will make his 50th Premier League appearance.


Major trophies
2 League Cups in 1962 and 1985.

Norwich's highest league finish was in the Premier League in 1992/93 when they finished third behind champions Manchester United and runners-up Aston Villa.

The Canaries have won their last five Premier League games at Carrow Road against Arsenal, Stoke, Manchester United, Sunderland and Wigan. This equals their best ever home run in the top flight.

Their last defeat was 5-2 against Liverpool on 29 September.

Norwich have failed to win any of the seven league games their opposition opened the scoring.

Norwich's 10-match unbeaten run that ended at West Brom was only bettered by Barcelona when measured against the top five major leagues in Europe. It was their longest top-flight run since 1987.

Manager Chris Hughton
Days in charge: 202
Played 22
Won 9
Drawn 7
Lost 6

Norwich's last 10 year league history

Pts Pos Division Level
2002/03 69 8th League Division One 2
2003/04 94 1st League Division One 2
2004/05 33 19th Premier League 1
2005/06 62 9th Championship 2
2006/07 57 16th Championship 2
2007/08 55 17th Championship 2
2008/09 46 22nd Championship 2
2009/10 95 1st League One 3
2010/11 84 2nd Championship 2
2011/12 47 12th Premier League 1


West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 Norwich City
Saturday 22 December 2012
Attendance 25,799
Norwich Bunn; Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan (c); Morison.
Substitutes R Martin for Whittaker (55), Howson for Hoolahan (73), Jackson for Tettey 86)
Booked Turner
Scorer Snodgrass (22)

Last six results
Nov 28 Southampton (a) D 1-1
Dec 2 Sunderland (h) W 2-1
Dec 8 Swansea (a) W 4-3
Dec 11 Aston Villa (League Cup h) L 1-4
Dec 15 Wigan (h) W 2-1
Dec 22 West Brom (a) L 1-2


2012/13 Premier League scorers
Holt 4, Snodgrass 4, Bassong 3, Pilkington 3, Hoolahan 1, Jackson 1, Johnson 1, Morison 1, Turner 1, Whittaker 1. Total 20.


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 6
A home defeat: 5

Jonathan Moss is refereeing his first Chelsea match.

There are no suspensions.

John Mikel Obi is one yellow card away from a one-match domestic suspension. He is on four bookings.

From 1 January onwards, a player will need 10 yellow cards before he is handed a suspension (five yellows will lead to a warning as to his future conduct rather than a ban). Whereas the suspension for five yellows before 31 December is one game in length, suspension for 10 yellows is two matches although that only applies until the second Sunday in April.

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Norwich v Chelsea

Norwich City

  • 28
    Mark Bunn
  • 2
    Russell Martin
  • 6
    Michael Turner
  • 5
    Sebastien Bassong
  • 18
    Javier Garrido
  • 7
    Robert Snodgrass
  • 27
    Alexander Tettey
  • 4
    Bradley Johnson Substitution
  • 12
    Anthony Pilkington Substitution
  • 14
    Wes Hoolahan Substitution
  • 9
    Grant Holt


  • 16
    Steve Morison Substitution
  • 13
    Declan Rudd
  • 8
    Jonathan Howson Substitution
  • 17
    Elliott Bennett Substitution
  • 10
    Simeon Jackson
  • 24
    Ryan Bennett
  • 20
    Leon Barnett
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 12
    Substitution John Mikel
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 13
    Substitution Victor Moses
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 57
    Substitution Nathan Ake
  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 8
    Substitution Frank Lampard
  • 35
    Lucas Piazon
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 21
    Marko Marin

NORWICH v CHELSEA - 26/12/12

Norwich City vs Chelsea Highlights

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Norwich 0 Chelsea 1
Match highlights from Carrow Road
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Juan Mata's 13th goal of the season, on his 50th Barclays Premier League appearance, brought us a third consecutive league win on Boxing Day.

The festive calendar has so far been kind to Chelsea, with this hard-fought away win following up Sunday's goalfest at Stamford Bridge, and after a slow start where we looked second-best, we improved to grind out a win against an in-form home side that had won their last five at Carrow Road.

The goal was a well-struck curling effort from just outside the area towards the end of a competitive but fairly scrappy first half, this being the standout moment of quality, and although there were further chances in the second period, Chelsea fans will be well pleased with the win on a day when rivals dropped points.

Team news

Rafael Benitez made two changes to his starting 11, with John Mikel Obi returning after suspension, joined by Oscar, with those two in for Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard.

That meant Peter Cech would captain the side, which once more contained David Luiz in central midfield with Ramires, who scored two against Aston Villa, missing as a precaution with a slight knee injury.

Hosts Norwich welcomed back captain and talisman Grant Holt after injury, while Russell Martin replaced Steven Whittaker at right-back. Goalkeeper John Ruddy was still absent as the Canaries sought to beat Chelsea for the first time in 18 years.

First half

This Norwich City side, under the guidance of Chris Hughton after Paul Lambert's departure, is a different proposition to last season's, and it was they who opened the game playing the brighter football.

The movement of their central three midfielders, orchestrated by Wes Hoolahan, caused Chelsea a few problems and it took a characteristically brace block from Gary Cahill to prevent Robert Snodgrass's 10th minute drive giving them the lead.

The Blues were offering little in response, two David Luiz drives from 30 yards, which flew a similar distance over the bar, were our only efforts in the opening 25 minutes

Despite the tidier style of play, Norwich are still a physical outfit, and were proving a handful for Chelsea's youngsters. Ocsar, Mata and Victor Moses were all on the periphery for long periods, but Chelsea would slowly come more into the game as the first half wore on.

The turning point seemed to be when David Luiz nicked it off Hoolahan with a little brute strength, and we immediately looked more dangerous. The Brazilian's threaded through ball allowed Mata the chance to shoot, his effort skimming the side-netting on the way wide. From 12 yards, the Spaniard might have expected to do better.

Mikel rifled very narrowly over from the edge of the box as Chelsea began to take command, and after seeing one shot blocked inside the box, Mata drove us in front from outside it.

Norwich City v Chelsea

Patient build-up from Oscar eventually found Mata in a little space, and despite an awkward body position, he bent the ball into the far corner with a sweetly-struck drive.

Bradley Johnson headed over shortly afterwards as Norwich searched for a quick equaliser, but Chelsea looked in control at the break after resisting the Norfolk side's bright start.

Second half

Just a couple of minutes into the second half Moses twice almost put Chelsea two in front, the first time bringing some quick reflexes from Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal at his near post before a more powerful effort was well held by the stopper.

Norwich City v Chelsea

Mata's quick free-kick almost caught Bunn out while at the other end Norwich's Anthony Pilkington twisted and turned before scuffing his shot.

Back on the attack, Moses could have put us clear of danger after bringing down Azpilicueta's deep cross and smashing low, but like Mata in the first half he was just off target.

Norwich City v Chelsea

Lampard's introduction as a sub provided Chelsea with some leadership in the centre of the field, and as time wore on the hosts looked less and less likely to steal an equaliser, their tidy and patient style becoming ever more hurried and direct.

The veteran combined with Torres and fellow sub Hazard to almost kill the game, the Belgian's shot well saved by the advanced Bunn.

That would be our final chance, though Ashley Cole had to divert over his own crossbar as Norwich applied some late pressure,before Sebastien Bassong headed over the bar at the death.

And so despite the heavy Norfolk rainfall, there is nothing but festive cheer for the Chelsea faithful. A Christmas bonus came with the late introduction of Dutch teenager Nathan Ake for a first-team debut.

A win at Everton on Sunday would round off the year we became European Champions very well indeed.

Norwich City (4-4-1-1): Bunn; R Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson (Howson 81), Pilkington (Morison 78); Hoolahan (E Bennett 88); Holt (c).
Unused subs Rudd, Jackson, R Bennett, Barnett.
Booked Johnson 81

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; David Luiz, Mikel (Lampard 73); Moses (Hazard 78), Mata (Ake 90+1), Oscar; Torres.
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon.
Goals Mata 38
Booked Hazard 89

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 26,831

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