Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea side will hope to strengthen their position as Premier League leaders by picking up three points against Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and if the Canaries defend anything like they did against Liverpool, hopefully we’ll see a rout.
Daniel Sturridge remains the only injury concern for Chelsea, so we’re in decent shape but I expect there will be a few changes from the team that started midweek as the fixtures become congested.
The team I’d pick to play Norwich:
C. Azpilicueta – G. Cahill – J. Terry (c) – R. Bertrand
J. Mikel – Ramires
Oscar – E. Hazard – J. Mata
Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole and David Luiz all started the games against FC Nordsjælland and could do with a rest, or for one or two of them to play 45 minutes. It’s not as if Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta or Ryan Bertrand are inexperienced, so I have no concerns over them starting and would like to see Azpilicueta given more game time in particular.
John Obi Mikel and Ramires have been the best and most consistent central midfield partnership we’ve played all season. It was an area of concern earlier in the campaign but it looks as though we’ve solved the issue by simply playing Ramires in his rightful position, and his tireless work as a box-to-box midfielder has proved invaluable.
Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata will be on hand to provide the magic whilst the likes of Mikel and Ramires keep things solid and simple in the middle of the park. The trio can only get better and better the more they play together.
Fernando Torres is the default choice at centre forward so there’s not much to say here, just hope he takes his chances as he wasted a fair few golden opportunities in the week and needs to match his work-rate with an end product.