Paul Merson states prediction for Norwich v Chelsea

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to secure a comfortable win against Norwich City on Tuesday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to secure a comfortable victory over Norwich City on Tuesday night.

The Blues were 2-1 winners against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon after Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic cancelled out Shane Long’s first-half opener for the hosts.

Chelsea are a completely different team under Guus Hiddink

Paul Merson

The west London side are unbeaten in domestic competitions since Dutch coach Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in December.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson can’t see struggling Norwich getting a positive result against resurgent Chelsea at Carrow Road.

“I don’t see anything but a Chelsea win here,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Norwich have had some kicks to the teeth lately after throwing away a two-goal lead against West Ham and losing in the last minute to Leicester. It’s hard work picking yourself up after results like that.

“In contrast, Chelsea are a completely different team under Guus Hiddink; I watched their game on Soccer Saturday and they kept going and going until they got back a goal down to win the game. Cesc Fabregas was absolutely phenomenal.”

Chelsea are in 11th place in the Premier League table and 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

The Blues haven’t lost a game in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat by leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium in December.

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Chelsea were 1-0 winners against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in their previous Premier League meeting this season.

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