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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: NORWICH CITY V CHELSEA

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...


TALKING POINTS
'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.

KEY STAT
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.

KEY TWEET
What's your favourite Chelsea memory from Christmas matches past? #CFCPMB


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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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: NORWICH CITY V CHELSEA

WE HAVE HISTORY
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


PMB



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


DAYS SINCE
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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