Somehow, Chelsea remain third, with three games to go, a point above fourth and fifth.
After one of the worst performances of the past seven years went unpunished, thanks Leicester City one-upping the Blues with a spectacular collapse against (probably) relegation-bound Bournemouth and Manchester United conceding a 96th-minute equalizer at home against Southampton, Chelsea have a chance to solidify our position in the top four once again in what realistically should be the easiest game on the schedule — the entire schedule.
Norwich City, dead bottom of the table, losers of seven in a row (eight, if you count the FA Cup as well), have already been relegated.
If we can’t win this ... you might start saying, but that just sets you up for danger. Teams fighting for a top-four finish are not perfect — if we were, we’d be fighting for a title — and that means strange things are not uncommon.
Here’s to a straightforward victory. Or any victory, really.
Date / Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 20.15 BST; 3:15pm EDT; 12:45am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Jonathan Moss (on pitch); Martin Atkinson (VAR)
Forecast: A bit cool
On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); NBCSN (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); Canal+ Sport 2, SuperSport 1, SuperSport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Chelsea team news: Lampard said all the right things after the 3-0 hiding at Bramall Lane, but the harsh reality is that the scope of the changes available to him is rather limited — both by personnel and by circumstance (scheduling, fitness, etc). That said, it might be instructive to see who gets or doesn’t get dropped from Saturday.
Still no N’Golo Kanté or Fikayo Tomori, but everyone else should be available for selection.
Chelsea have either scored or conceded 3 goals in all four games since confirming the new shirt sponsors, Three UK. Should’ve been sponsored by Victory Motorcycles instead.
Norwich City team news: The Canaries have just about sung their last song in the Premier League coal mine, though they’re only relegated rather than dead, which is a plus. Last year’s Second Division champions are heading straight back down. Their relegation was at last confirmed over the weekend but it had been coming for a while.
With little else other than pride and maybe a team for next season to play for ... well, there ya go again, highway to the danger zone.
Previously: This season’s rollercoaster was just picking up speed on Matchday 3 when we took three points at Carrow Road.