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Canaries can expect Blues backlash, Swans to beat Bournemouth

| 21.11.2015

Lee Gormley | November 19, 2015

Chelsea v Norwich City

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, November 21st
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  • Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea seek momentous Norwich victory

Both Chelsea and their under-pressure boss Jose Mourinho continue the Premier League campaign in unfamiliar territory following the international break, as the Blues languish in 16th position ahead of their returning encounter with Norwich City.

Soccer - Jose Mourinho File Photo

Although, it’s Alex Neil’s Canaries that could feel the full force of a Blues backlash at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea having dominated this fixture with an undefeated run since 1994, including eight wins from 11 meetings since.

Mourinho’s early-season strugglers therefore are 11/5 with Coral to secure three points and both teams scoring, in what would be incredibly only their third triumph in seven previous home domestic outings.

Can Canaries continue Chelsea blues?

Chelsea haplessly lost three consecutive league games before internationals took centre stage and, with only a single win in their previous six, Norwich are 7/1 to add further misery in the Premier League’s returning weekend.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth - Carrow Road

Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan have been at the forefront of any Canaries’ success so far this term, and the latter Dubliner will be raring to go coming into this encounter fresh off the back of a jubilant Euro 2016 qualification with his country.

The Republic of Ireland attacker is 11/2 to get on the scoresheet again this time out, while in-form Jerome is 7/1 to open proceedings in London.

Blues’ misfiring ranks

With the January transfer window looming during the Winter period, many assumed Mourinho would be forced into some mid-season buys, with his current crop of forwards enduring poor spells in front of goal, but he has stated he is happy with his current ranks.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Chelsea v Aston Villa - Stamford Bridge

Radamel Falcao looks like the same struggling striker he was during his other loan spell at Manchester United, though he is 5/1 to strike last, while fellow stuttering frontman Diego Costa is evens for a goal anytime.

Surprisingly this is a clash between the league’s 15th and 16th-placed sides, with Norwich narrowly ahead, and it’s such a daunting position Chelsea will look to address with victory over their latest challengers at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea v Bournemouth

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, November 21st
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
  • Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swans seek overturn in form during Cherries clash

Garry Monk’s Swansea City have suffered a serious decline in form, failing to live up to their recent rampant campaigns, and newly-promoted Bournemouth will look to take advantage in these two side’s first ever Premier League meeting.


The top-flight pair most recently collided in 2008, when both were battling it out as League One opponents, highlighting the meteoric rise they have enjoyed in the last few years.

It was the Cherries that took the spoils that day seven years ago, and they are 10/3 to earn another triumph in this top tier match-up, while the Swans are 3/1 to overturn their form and fortunes with a win and both teams scoring.

Relegation scrap ahead?

Eddie Howe’s Cherries currently occupy the last relegation spot in 18th, while Swansea sit narrowly two places five points above, with the pair potentially set for a long battle to beat the drop down divisions this term.

If Monk’s men are to avoid such a daunting fall from grace, Bafetimbi Gomis will have to return to his best, and the Frenchman is 5/1 to score first at the Liberty Stadium, while fellow attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson is 10/3 for a goal anytime.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Watford v Swansea City - Vicarage Road

For the Cherries, with star man Callum Wilson havening been ruled out for a long period, Glenn Murray (15/8 anytime market) and Joshua King (2/1) will need to be firing on all cylinders in this vital visit to Wales.

Scotland international wideman Matt Ritchie has recently been linked with a move to Manchester United, and he is 10/3 to prove why with another goal anytime in Swansea.


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Coral’s top tip: Chelsea are looking to bounce back against Norwich City on home soil, so back them at 11/5 to win and both teams score at Stamford Bridge.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.