Paul Merson: Why Chelsea will bounce back against Norwich

Paul Merson feels that Chelsea are on course to secure a 2-0 win over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to return to winning ways against Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues have endured a disastrous start to the new season and currently find themselves languishing in 16th place in the Premier League table and just three points above the relegation zone after cruising to the title last term.

Jose Mourinho’s men slumped to a 1-0 loss to Stoke City in their most recent outing before the international break, and the west London side will be desperate to return to winning ways in front of their home fans on Saturday.

Former Arsenal star Merson feels that it is time Diego Costa stepped up to the plate and improved his performances for the Blues.

Despite their stuttering form, Merson is tipping Chelsea to secure a 2-0 win over the Canaries at Stamford Bridge.

Merson told Sky Sports: “We keep saying this is the time for Chelsea, this is the game to kick-start their campaign, but they’ve lost seven league games this season.

“It is a must-win game for them. I know it is only November but if Man United did beat Watford and Chelsea lost this game, it’s a stupid amount of points to catch them up and get in the top four.

“Diego Costa has got to step up, stop wanting to fight everybody and be the player that they bought initially.

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“If they don’t win, I think top four is out of the question and Jose Mourinho will be under so much more pressure. I don’t even think Arsene Wenger could go on a run like this and survive.”

Norwich head into the game in 12th place in the table.

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