Chelsea FC vs Norwich City Team News: Kante, Christensen, Tomori

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What happened to Chelsea FC last time out? The southwest London side got absolutely throttled at Sheffield United over the weekend, and that result really hurts double now given the news today. Monday saw Manchester City successful in their appeal to have their two year European football ban overturned.

They will be back in the UEFA Champions League, meaning Chelsea must finish top four, not top five, in order to secure a place in the tournament of tournaments next season. Fortunately for them, tomorrow sees an excellent chance to grab three points as they’ll host Norwich City, the league’s bottom side, and the first to be relegated.

If you’re looking to make a little football bet here, then you’ll see that Chelsea are heavily favored here; as expected. The very safe bet can be had at a price of -770, while a draw is priced at +800. If you’re feeling adventurous, then you take the big time long shot Canaries at +1900.

In taking a look at the team news for both sides in this one, we’ll start with Chelsea. The London giants could welcome back their best overall player, N’Golo Kante, who has recovered from his hamstring issue, but he is likely to be rested here. Facing a defeated side with nothing to play for, he probably won’t be risked here ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United.

Fikayo Tomori is back fit and could be in line for a start while fellow defender Andreas Christensen could miss out after limping off at half time of the devastating loss to Sheffield. Maybe some kind of shake up in the back is what Chelsea needs in order to regain positive momentum. Finally, young and promising midfielder Billy Gilmour is out for the season.

As for Norwich, they have a really long injury list, and it’s reflective and indicative of the disastrous season that they have had.

Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, Moritz Leitner and Sam Byram remain ruled out here, but at least they didn’t pick up any new injuries against West Ham United.

Todd Cantwell could come back into the first team after having had to start from the bench in the last outing.

Chelsea FC vs Norwich City FYIs

Kickoff: Tues July 14 8:15 BST, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction: Go to this link

TV: Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (US)

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Position: Chelsea FC 60 points, 3rd   Norwich City 21 points, dead last, relegated

Premier League Form Guide: Chelsea FC WWLWW   Norwich City LLLLL

Prediction: Chelsea FC 3, Norwich City 0

Given the new sense of urgency for the Blues, and how the Canaries look like a side that won’t be winning a match again this season, the pick here is a no brainer.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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